Do I have OCD?
This screening tool is designed as a guide to determine if you might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
A high score on this screening tool does not necessarily mean you have OCD. These questions were developed by Professor Wayne Goodman (University of Florida) and may help you to identify different areas you are struggling with.
|Yes No||Do you have concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or getting a serious illness such as AIDS?|
|Yes No||Are you overconcerned with keeping objects (clothing, shopping, tools) in perfect order, or arranged exactly?|
|Yes No||Do you have mental images of death or other horrible events?|
|Yes No||Do you have personally unacceptable religious or sexual thoughts?|
|Yes No||Do you worry about fire, burglary, or flooding the house?|
|Yes No||Do you worry about accidentally hitting a pedestrian with your car or letting it roll down the hill?|
|Yes No||Do you worry about spreading an illness (i.e. giving someone AIDS)?|
|Yes No||Do you worry about losing something valuable?|
|Yes No||Do you worry about harm coming to a loved one because you weren’t careful enough?|
|Yes No||Are you concerned about physically harming a loved one, pushing a stranger in front of a bus, steering your car into oncoming traffic; inappropriate sexual contact; or poisoning dinner guests?|
|Yes No||Do you perform excessive or ritualized washing, cleaning, or grooming rituals?|
|Yes No||Do you check light switches, taps, the oven, door locks, or your car’s handbrake?|
|Yes No||Do you perform counting; arranging; ‘evening-up’ behaviours (making sure socks are at same height)?|
|Yes No||Do you collect useless objects or inspect the trash before it is thrown out?|
|Yes No||Do you repeat routine actions (going in/out of a chair, going through a doorway, re-lighting a cigarette) a certain number of times, or until it feels just right?|
|Yes No||Do you need to touch objects or people?|
|Yes No||Do you unnecessarily re-read or re-write letters or re-open envelopes before you post them?|
|Yes No||Do you examine your body for signs of illness?|
|Yes No||Do you avoid certain colours (‘red’ means blood), numbers (‘l3’ is unlucky), or names (those that start with “D” signify death) that are associated with dreaded events or unpleasant thoughts?|
|Yes No||Do you feel a need to ‘confess’ or repeatedly ask for reassurance that you said or did something correctly?|
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, AND if your preoccupation is taking up a lot of time and is interfering with your life in some way, you may be suffering from OCD. However, a licensed psychologist can make a more accurate diagnosis. If you are feeling distressed, consider getting in touch with us for a more complete and thorough evaluation.