Me? OCD? Do You Have Obsessions Or Compulsions?

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Me? OCD? Do You Have Obsessions Or Compulsions? - Quiz


This quiz was created by the OCD research team at the New York State Psychiatric Institute /Columbia University. The quiz is for individuals who are unsure or think they may have OCD. Questions related to common obsessions and compulsions that individuals with OCD may experience are addressed in the quiz. For further information pertaining to OCD please visit our website at www. Columbia-ocd. Org. In addition our current free treatement and research studies are described on the website.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Do you avoid touching certain objects for fear of getting sick or for fear that something bad may happen? If yes, do these thoughts cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the answer to the question is "Yes," it suggests that the individual does avoid touching certain objects due to fear of getting sick or fear of something bad happening. Additionally, the question asks if these thoughts cause significant distress, implying that the fear and avoidance may have a negative impact on the person's well-being or daily life.

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  • 2. 

    Do you wash your hands a lot so that you won't get yourself or others sick or to prevent something bad from happening? If yes, does this need cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Washing hands frequently is a preventive measure to maintain personal hygiene and prevent the spread of germs and diseases. It is a responsible action taken to protect oneself and others from getting sick. The need to wash hands is driven by the understanding that it can help prevent illnesses and maintain good health. This need does not necessarily cause significant distress but rather reflects a proactive approach towards maintaining hygiene and well-being.

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  • 3. 

    Do you check some things more than once or a certain number of times to makes sure you did not forget to do something or lose something?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the answer is "Yes," it suggests that the person engages in checking behaviors to ensure they have not forgotten something or lost something. This behavior might be repetitive and excessive, causing significant distress to the individual. They may feel compelled to repeatedly check things, even when there is no logical reason to do so. This could be indicative of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or other anxiety-related conditions.

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  • 4. 

    If you do not do something a certain way or certain number of times do you think something bad will happen?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    This answer suggests that the person believes that if they do not do something a certain way or a certain number of times, something bad will happen. This belief likely causes them significant distress, as they feel compelled to adhere to these specific behaviors in order to prevent negative outcomes.

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  • 5. 

    Do you think something you thought, did or did not do may cause something bad to happen to someone/something else? If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    This answer suggests that the person acknowledges the possibility that their thoughts, actions, or lack thereof could have negative consequences for someone or something else. Furthermore, it indicates that this awareness causes significant distress to the individual.

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  • 6. 

    When you have a bad thought do you do a certain action, think a certain thought, count, tap or pray to feel better?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the answer to the question is "Yes," it suggests that the person engages in a certain action, thinks a specific thought, counts, taps, or prays when they have a bad thought. Additionally, it indicates that this behavior causes them significant distress.

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  • 7. 

    Do you ask people questions you know the answer just to make sure you are right?  If yes, does not asking the question cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given correct answer is that asking people questions you already know the answer to is a behavior commonly associated with seeking validation or reassurance. This behavior may stem from a lack of confidence or a need for external affirmation. The question further asks if not asking the question causes significant distress, implying that the individual may experience discomfort or anxiety when they refrain from seeking confirmation.

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  • 8. 

    Do you say things in great detail to others to make sure they know exactly what you mean?  If yes, does not saying things in detail cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Yes." This suggests that the person does say things in great detail to ensure that others understand their meaning. Additionally, not being able to express themselves in detail causes significant distress to them.

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  • 9. 

    Do you read things more than once because you want to make sure get exactly what is written?  If yes, does not rereading cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the answer is "Yes," it suggests that the person does read things more than once to ensure they understand the content accurately. However, it does not indicate whether not rereading causes significant distress.

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  • 10. 

    Do you take a long time to complete schoolwork, chores or work because you do not like  to stop until the work is perfect or just right?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the individual takes a long time to complete tasks because they have a perfectionistic tendency, it suggests that they have a strong desire for perfection and may be overly focused on details. This can lead to spending excessive time on tasks and feeling distressed if the work is not perfect.

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  • 11. 

    Is your room very clean and do you need to keep things in certain places?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The given answer "Yes" suggests that the person's room is very clean and they need to keep things in certain places. Additionally, it indicates that this need causes them significant distress. This implies that the person may have obsessive-compulsive tendencies or a strong desire for organization and cleanliness. This need for orderliness can be so intense that it causes them distress if things are not kept in their designated places.

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  • 12. 

    Is your room very messy because you feel that you cannot keep things exactly where they should be so why try at all?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given answer "Yes" is that the person's room is very messy because they feel that they cannot keep things exactly where they should be, so they don't try at all. This suggests that the person may have feelings of helplessness or lack of motivation to maintain order in their room. Additionally, the question asks if this causes significant distress, implying that the messy room is causing emotional or psychological discomfort for the person.

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  • 13. 

    Do you have trouble throwing things away because you think you may need it later?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    This answer suggests that the person does have trouble throwing things away because they believe they may need them in the future. Additionally, this behavior causes them significant distress. This implies that the individual experiences anxiety or discomfort when trying to discard items, possibly due to fear of regret or loss.

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  • 14. 

    When driving do you think that you may have hit someone and look in your rearview mirror or drive back to check that you did not hit anyone?  If yes, does this cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    If the answer is "Yes," it suggests that the person experiences distress when they think they may have hit someone while driving and feels the need to check their rearview mirror or drive back to confirm. This distress could be due to concerns about causing harm or legal consequences.

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  • 15. 

    Do you experience intrusive religious, violent or sexual thoughts or images?  If yes, do they cause you significant distress?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    The given answer "Yes" suggests that the individual experiences intrusive religious, violent, or sexual thoughts or images. Additionally, these thoughts or images cause significant distress to the person. This implies that the individual is likely suffering from a condition known as intrusive thoughts, which can be associated with various mental health disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is important for the person to seek professional help and support to address and manage these distressing thoughts and images.

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