Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

If you suspect that you might suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, answer the questions below, print out the results and share them with your health care professional.

Are you troubled by the following?

Yes     No Do you have unwanted ideas, images, or impulses that seem silly, nasty, or horrible?
Yes   No Do you worry excessively about dirt, germs, or chemicals?
Yes   No Are you constantly worried that something bad will happen because you forgot something important, like locking the door or turning off appliances?
Yes   No Do you experience shortness of breath?
Yes   No Are you afraid you will act or speak aggressively when you really don't want to?
Yes   No Are you always afraid you will lose something of importance?
Yes   No Are there things you feel you must do excessively or thoughts you must think repeatedly to feel comfortable or ease anxiety?
Yes   No Do you ever experience “jelly” legs?
Yes   No Trouble falling or staying asleep, or restless and unsatisfying sleep
Yes   No Do you wash yourself or things around you excessively?
Yes   No Do you have to check things over and over or repeat actions many times to be sure they are done properly?
Yes   No Do you avoid situations or people you worry about hurting by aggressive words or actions?
Yes   No 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.

Yes   No Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?

More days than not, do you feel...

Yes   No sad or depressed
Yes   No disinterested in life
Yes   No worthless or guilty

During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs...

Yes   No resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with work, school, or family?
Yes   No placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?
Yes   No gotten you arrested?
Yes   No continued despite causing problems for you or your loved ones?

References:
Goodman, WK, Price LH, et al. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS): Part 1. Development, use and reliability. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 46:1006-1011 (1989). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), American Psychiatric Association, 1994, Washington, D.C.

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