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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder screening tool

Obsessive and compulsive disorders affect your emotional and physical health. Complete the screening tool to measure the effects of obsessive compulsive tendencies on your health.

Select the choice that best describes how you've been feeling the last week. Please note: This tool is not intended to diagnose obsessive compulsive disorders or any other disorder and is designed for initial screening only.

1. How much of your time is occupied by obsessive thoughts? How frequently do the obsessive thoughts occur?
None.
Less than 1 hour per day or occasional intrusions (occur not more than 8 times a day).
1 to 3 hours per day, or occasional intrusions (occur not more than 8 times a day, but most hours of the day are free of obsessions).
More than 3 and up to 8 hours per day or very frequent intrusions.
More than 8 hours per day or near-constant intrusions.
2. How much do your obsessive thoughts interfere with your work, school, social or other important role functioning? Is there anything you don't do because of them?
None.
Slight interference with social or other activities but overall performance not impaired.
Definite interference with social or occupational performance but still manageable.
Causes substantial impairment in social or occupational performance.
Incapacitating.
3. How much distress do your obsessions cause you?
None.
Not too disturbing.
Disturbing but still manageable.
Very disturbing.
Near-constant and disabling distress.
4. How much of an effort do you make to resist the obsessive thoughts? How often do you try to turn your attention away from these thoughts as they enter your mind?
Try to resist all the time (or the symptoms are so minimal that there is no need to actively resist them).
Try to resist them most of the time.
Make some effort to resist.
Yield to all obsessions without attempting to control them but I do so with some reluctance.
Completely and willingly give in to all obsessions.
5. How much control do you have over your obsessive thoughts? How successful are you in stopping or diverting your obsessive thinking? (Note: Do not include here obsessions stopped by doing compulsions).
Complete control.
Usually able to stop or divert obsessions with some effort and concentration.
Sometimes able to stop or divert obsessions.
Rarely successful in stopping obsessions, can only divert attention with difficulty.
Obsessions are completely involuntary, rarely able even momentarily to alter obsessive thinking.
6. How much time do you spend performing compulsive behaviors? How much longer then most people does it take to complete routine activities because of your rituals? How frequently do you perform rituals?
None.
Less than 1 hour per day or occasional performance of compulsive behaviors (no more than 8 times a day).
From 1 to 3 hours per day, or frequent performance of compulsive behaviors (more than 8 times a day, but most hours are free of compulsions).
More than 3 and up to 8 hours per day, or very frequent performance of compulsive behaviors.
More than 8 hours per day, or near constant performance of compulsive behaviors.
7. How much do your compulsive behaviors interfere with your work, school, social or other important role functioning? Is there anything that you don't do because of the compulsions?
None.
Slight interference with social or other activities but overall performance not impaired.
Definite interference with social or occupational performance but still manageable.
Causes substantial impairment in social or occupational performance.
Incapacitating.
8. How would you feel if prevented from performing your compulsion(s)? How anxious would you become?
None.
Only slightly anxious if compulsions prevented.
Anxiety would mount but remain manageable if compulsions prevented.
Prominent and very disturbing increase in anxiety if compulsions interrupted.
Incapacitating anxiety from any intervention aimed at modifying activity.
9. How much of an effort do you make to resist the compulsions?
Always try to resist (or the symptoms are so minimal that there is no need to actively resist them).
Try to resist most of the time.
Make some effort to resist.
Yield to almost all compulsions with attempting to control them, but with some reluctance.
Completely and willingly yield to all compulsions.
10. How strong is the drive to perform the compulsive behavior? How much control do you have over the compulsions?
Complete control.
Pressure to perform the behavior but usually able to exercise voluntary control over it.
Strong pressure to perform behavior, can control it only with difficulty.
Very strong drive to perform behavior, must be carried to completion, can only delay with difficulty.
Drive to perform behavior experienced as completely involuntary and overpowering, rarely able to even momentarily delay activity.