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Do I Have OCD?

Welcome to your OCD Quiz

Answer the question below as accurately as possible. At the end your score will be calculated and we will advise you on your next steps.

Do you ever clean excessively due to a fear of germs?
Do you experience repetitive thoughts that cause anxiety?
Do you repeat routine actions such as putting on a shoe, opening a door, or getting into bed over and over until it “feels right?”
Do you inspect the trash before throwing it out to see if you missed something important?
Do you feel a need to seek reassurance on something you did or said?
Do you have intrusive thoughts that are aggressive or taboo?
Do you feel a need to ensure things are in their proper order? (rearranging drawers, cataloging books, lining up silverware, etc.)
Do you have rituals that provide temporary relief for your anxiety, like checking, counting, or cleaning?
Do you worry about harm coming to loved ones because you weren’t careful enough?
Do you struggle to control compulsive behaviors or obsessive thoughts?
Do you avoid certain numbers or colors because you view them as “evil?” or “unlucky”?
Do you unnecessarily re-read emails, letters, or text messages before or after sending them?
Are home life, work, or relationships affected by your ritual behaviors or obsessive thinking?
Do you experience disturbing mental images of destruction, death, or other unpleasant events?
Do you spend at least 1 hour every day performing ritual behaviors or thinking obsessive thoughts?
Do you examine your body for signs of illness?

OCD Diagnosis and Treatment

You can’t be diagnosed with OCD just from the results of an online OCD test. You must talk to a psychiatrist.

Luckily, PlushCare now has psychiatrists that can diagnose and treat OCD. There’s no need to drive across town for an appointment. You can get a diagnosis with a phone or video appointment from the comfort of your own home.

OCD treatment usually involves a combination of therapy and medication. One effective type of therapy for OCD is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Psychiatrists often prescribe antidepressants and anxiety-reducing medications to treat OCD. Some medications for OCD include:

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
  • Clomipramine (Anafranil)
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)

It’s important to note that antidepressants have a black box warning from the FDA stating that they may cause increased suicidal thoughts or behaviors in kids, teens, and young adults. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking an antidepressant if you are a young adult or are the parent of a child or teen with OCD.


If you are diagnosed with OCD, our online psychiatrist can prescribe medication. After a video or phone appointment, they can electronically send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy. Click here to schedule an appointment.


Sources

PsyCom. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Test & Self-Assessment. Accessed on September 13, 2019 at [https://www.psycom.net/do-i-have-ocd-test](https://www.psycom.net/do-i-have-ocd-test)

ADDitude. [Self-Test] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults: OCD Symptoms Test. Accessed on September 13, 2019 at [https://www.additudemag.com/screener-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-symptoms-test-adults/](https://www.additudemag.com/screener-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-symptoms-test-adults/)

PsychCentral. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Screening Quiz. Accessed on September 13, 2019 at [https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/ocd-quiz/](https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/ocd-quiz/)

Mayo Clinic. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Accessed on September 13, 2019 at [https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354438](https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354438)

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