Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

PART A

Please print the form and select YES or NO.

Have you been bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images that repeatedly enter your mind, such as:

    1. Concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or acquiring a serious illness such as AIDS?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Over concern with keeping objects (clothing, groceries, tools) in perfect order or arranged exactly?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Images of death or other horrible events?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Personally unacceptable religious or sexual thoughts?

YES_____
NO _____

Have you worried a lot about terrible things happening, such as:

      1. Fire, burglary, or flooding the house?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Accidentally hitting a pedestrian with your car or letting it roll down the hill?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Spreading an illness (giving someone AIDS)?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Losing something valuable?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Harm coming to a loved one because you weren’t careful enough?

YES_____
NO _____

Have you worried about acting on an unwanted and senseless urge or impulse, such as:

    1. Physically harming a loved one, pushing a stranger in front of a bus, steering your car into oncoming traffic; inappropriate sexual contact; or poisoning dinner guests?

YES_____
NO _____

 Have you felt driven to perform certain acts over and over again, such as:

      1. Excessive or ritualized washing, cleaning, or grooming?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Checking light switches, water faucets, the stove, door locks, or emergency brake?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Counting; arranging; evening-up behaviors (making sure socks are at same height)?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Collecting useless objects or inspecting the garbage before it is thrown out?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Repeating routine actions (in/out of chair, going through doorway, re-lighting cigarette) a certain number of times or until it feels just right

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Need to touch objects or people?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Unnecessary re-reading or re-writing; re-opening envelopes before they are mailed?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Examining your body for signs of illness?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Avoiding colors (“red” means blood), numbers (“l 3” is unlucky), or names (those that start with “D” signify death) that are associated with dreaded events or unpleasant thoughts?

YES_____
NO _____

      1. Needing to “confess” or repeatedly asking for reassurance that you said or did something correctly?

YES_____
NO _____

SCORING PART A: TOP

If you answered YES to 2 or more questions, please continue with Part B.

 PART B

The following questions refer to the repeated thoughts, images, urges, or behaviors identified in Part A. Consider your experience during the past 30 days when selecting an answer. Circle the most appropriate number from 0 to 4.

On average, how much time is occupied by these thoughts or behaviors each day?

0 – None

1 – Mild (less than 1 hour)

2 – Moderate (1 to 3 hours)

3 – Severe (3 to 8 hours)

4 – Extreme (more than 8 hours)

How Much distress do they cause you?

0 – None

1 – Mild

2 – Moderate

3 – Severe

4 – Extreme (disabling)

How hard is it for you to control them?

0 – Complete control

1 – Much control

2 – Moderate control

3 – Little control

4 – No control

How much do they cause you to avoid doing anything, going any place, or being with anyone?

0 – No avoidance

1 – Occasional avoidance

2 – Moderate avoidance

3 – Frequent and extensive

4 – Extreme (housebound)

How much do they interfere with school, work or your social or family life?

0 – None

1 – Slight interference

2 – Definitely interferes with functioning

3 – Much interference

4 – Extreme (disabling)

Sum on Part B (Add items 1 to 5): ________

SCORING

If you answered YES to 2 or more of questions in Part A and scored 5 or more on Part B, you may wish to contact your physician, a mental health professional, or a patient advocacy group (such as, the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, Inc.) to obtain more information on OCD and its treatment. Remember, a high score on this questionnaire does not necessarily mean you have OCD–only an evaluation by an experienced clinician can make this determination.

Copyright, Wayne K. Goodman, M.D., 1994, University of Florida College of Medicine

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