Screening for OCD
If you suspect that you might suffer from OCD, answer the questions below with honest Yes or No responses, record the results and share them with your health care professional. You can also download this survey as a Word Document here.
Are you troubled by the following?
- Do you have unwanted ideas, images or impulses that seem silly, nasty or horrible:
- Do you worry excessively about dirt, germs or chemicals?
- Are you constantly worried that something bad will happen because you forgot something important, like locking the door or turning off appliances?
- Are you afraid you will act or speak aggressively when you really don’t want to?
- Are you always afraid you will lose something of importance?
- Are there things you feel you must do excessively or thoughts you must think repeatedly to feel comfortable or erase anxiety? Do you wash yourself or things around you excessively?
- Do you have to check things over and over or repeat actions many times to be sure they are done properly?
- Do you avoid situations or people you worry about hurting by aggressive words or actions?
- Do you keep many useless things because you feel that you can’t throw them away?
Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Depression and substance abuse are among the conditions that occasionally complicate obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?
More days than not, do you feel…
- sad or depressed
- disinterested in life
- worthless or guilty
During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs ….
- resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with work, school or family?
- placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?
- gotten you arrested?