The OCD test is the briefest test to screen the OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), after screening OCD test will let you know the requirements for the mental health services. To better understand OCD, the following details will brief you about the condition.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder that disturbs people of any age and occurs when a person experiences a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. It is a common, enduring, and lifelong disorder in which a person suffers from thoughts (obsessions) that are uncontrollable and recurring and/or behaviours (compulsions) that he or she feels the need to repeat again and again.
When OCD is diagnosed?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is diagnosed when obsessions and compulsions
Takes extreme amounts of time (an hour or more per day)
Cause excessive distress
Interrupts the functioning of an individual at school or work, with society and social gatherings, daily routine, and relationships with family and friends.
When Obsessive-compulsive symptoms are present, it is vital to consult a knowledgeable mental health professional who is qualified about OCD for assessment and treatment.
Signs and Symptoms
People suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both that disrupt all aspects of life, such as daily life, school, work, and interpersonal relationships.
What are Obsessions?
Obsessions are repetitive patterns of thoughts and urges that evokes anxiety. Following are the common symptoms:
Fear of germs or contamination
Unwanted thoughts, feelings and urges related to sexual content such as obsessions about homosexuality, sexual thoughts involving a child or aggressive sexual behaviour.
Fear related to religion and morals such as extreme concern with right or wrong.
Fear of harm and causing harm to oneself or others
Thoughts about placing things in a perfect symmetrical order.
What are Compulsions?
Compulsions are behaviours that the individual with obsessive-compulsive disorder feels the need to do in a repetitive pattern in response to an obsessive thought. Following are some of the common compulsions:
Washing and cleaning are excessively such as excessive showering, bathing and toilet routine. Repeatedly washing the hands or using hand-sanitizer, avoid touching the things that are dirty or may have been touched by others e.g. doorknobs, desks, soap, avoid using the public washrooms, etc.
Arranging or placing things in a particularly precise way or order.
Checking the things repeatedly such as checking door locks again and again
Checking repeatedly to ensure that the person did not/will not harm oneself.
Avoiding people and places because of the fear of causing harm to others.
What is in OCD Test?
This OCD test is a brief and precise 3-minute test, which is based on the clinical interviews of professional psychologist in the clinical setting and the questions are designed on the interview format based on the criteria given in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
OCD test is helpful for the person to screen the disorder in an informal setting, this test cannot be used in the professional setting or for diagnostic purpose. The formal diagnosis can only be made by the expert in the field.
OCD test will give your scores in the end, and those scores will guide you if you need professional help to deal with the problems.
DSM 5, 2013