This OCD test discovers if you confronted so far with obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms or if you present any signs of this condition. Check more on this subject and even an example result below the form.
How does the OCD test work?
This is a quick test that can help you discover if you suffer of any obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms and you only need to go through 24 questions that cover the most significant signs of such an underlying condition and these are organized in 4 sections. Just go through the sections of the test, choose the symptoms you recognize in your behavior, press the “Test OCD!” button and then the OCD test will sum their sum their significant and then return a percentage of disorder and a status description of the disorder level so you can understand where you stand at the moment. Please remember that the above form should NOT be considered a substitute for any professional medical/mental health service.
Presence of symptoms: 20.21% - Possible obsessive-compulsive disorder
Based on the answers you provided it is unlikely that you undergo any relevant obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms at a worrying level that would affect you. However it seems that there are a few obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms that bother you and should take a look at it and if you consider you may search for a professional assessment of your mental and physical health especially if what you are experiencing now seems to be getting worse in time.
What is the obsessive compulsive disorder?
The mental condition often abbreviated as OCD, is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that cause people feelings of fear, apprehension or worry. The OCD causes in many cases repetitive behaviors aimed to reduce the anxiety disorder level. In this case obsessions are defined as unwanted persistent thoughts, while compulsions are repetitive behavior put in order to relieve the feelings brought by the persistent thoughts.
This is quite a frequent condition as it is said to present in 1 in every 50 people at some point or another of their lives and there is no occurrence difference between men and women.
The severity of the symptoms varies from mild to severe. While some people only develop certain obsessive compulsive patterns some others might wrap their whole lives around their OCD thoughts and behavior. There are three components to be analyzed, the obsessions, the anxiety triggered by them and the compulsions developed in order to reduce anxiety.
OCD causes and symptoms
Many children develop mild compulsions that usually go away when they grow up and these are not necessarily a worrisome sign. Adult OCD becomes apparent in early twenties usually and while symptoms can come and go, these usually interfere with the general quality of life. Amongst the causes there is discussed stress, dramatic life changes, thinking patterns, chemical imbalances in the brain and even a genetic component.
Beside following the three stages pattern: obsession, anxiety and compulsion there are other accompanying signs of OCD such as depression, eating disorders, general anxiety or even developing a hoarder disorder. In some severe cases, it can also be discussed about suicidal tendencies.
The usual routes for treating OCD or relieving some of the symptoms is through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication accompanied by SSRI antidepressant (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) that can help regulate serotonin levels in the brain. CBT is a specialist psychological therapy considered most effective in these cases, trying to analyze the thought patterns triggering compulsions. Medication only treatment advised by a specialist needs to be followed for at least three months to show improvement.06 Mar, 2015