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OCD Quiz

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 2 million Americans live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Fortunately, individualized treatment for children, teens and adults with OCD is available at Texas Health hospitals.

OCD is an anxiety disorder that often begins in childhood or adolescence. People with the disorder experience obsessive thoughts — such as fear of contamination, causing harm or losing something important — and/or compulsions, including arranging, cleaning, counting or hoarding.

Many people exhibit OCD tendencies, but OCD is more than acting methodically. If disturbing and uncontrollable thoughts and repetitive behaviors to block or relieve those thoughts are taking up more than an hour each day, you may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy and medication to improve your daily life.

Think you or someone you know may have OCD? Take our brief assessment:

1. Do you catch yourself continuously washing your hands or constantly cleaning the house and vacuuming even when no dirt is visually seen?

o Yes

o No

2. Have you ever worried a lot about terrible things happening, such as harm coming to a loved one, because you were not careful enough?

o Yes

o No

3. When eating, do you sometimes catch yourself making sure that every bite is the same size or that you've eaten a certain amount of bites?

o Yes

o No

4. Do you sometimes find yourself going through your trash, inspecting it to see if anything important has been thrown away by accident?

o Yes

o No

5. When bad thoughts arise in your head, do you sometimes feel as though you will be punished for having them? Or, after having these bad thoughts, does a silent prayer often follow in an attempt to make the bad thoughts go away?

o Yes

o No

6. Does your longing for things to be symmetrical often lead you to being preoccupied by aligning items, such as papers, books, etc., in a certain "perfect" way?

o Yes

o No

7. Before leaving the house, do you often worry that others will react negatively to your appearance?

o Yes

o No

8. Do you find yourself repeatedly checking to see if something is safely closed or turned off, such as going back several times to check if the door is securely closed or electrical appliances are turned off?

o Yes

o No

9. Do you ever refrain from using certain colors, numbers or letters because you think they are negative or may be unlucky?

o Yes

o No

10. Do thoughts that you failed to complete a routine task, such as filling out a form, paying a bill or posting a letter, ever arise in your head?

o Yes

o No

11. Do you often ask for reassurance from a person that you trust?

o Yes

o No

12. Are you bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images of death or other horrible events that repeatedly enter your mind?

o Yes

o No

If you answered Yes to more than three questions, consider following up with your health care provider to review the assessment with them. To find a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health, visit TexasHealth.org/FindaPhysician or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).

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