The OCD Test

The first step towards recognition, treatment, and recovery

What is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that affects two percent of the world’s population, which comprises an estimated 156,000,000 people worldwide. For most sufferers of OCD, feelings of shame, guilt, and fear can impede their willingness to seek treatment. Not knowing if you have the condition or being improperly informed about what the condition is can make matters worse.

Common areas of life often impacted by OCD are mental and physical health, self-confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, family and personal relationships, school and work, and other forms of psychosocial impairment. For this reason, OCD has been classified as one of the ten leading disorders by the World Health Organization. Because OCD has a biological component, it is crucial to immediately identify whether or not you have the condition.

When to take an OCD test and which OCD test to take

When should someone take an OCD test?

Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed by unwanted thoughts that create anxiety, fear, or some other negative emotion? Or are you in a pattern of performing certain habits and behaviors that limit you, and negatively affect your daily life, work and relationships?

    Common Symptoms of OCD: Do any of these apply to you?

    • Are you dealing with intrusive, unwanted thoughts, images, and fears?
    • Are you encountering “looping”/repetitive thoughts?
    • Do you feel stuck engaging in tasks, rituals, or behaviors you feel compelled to perform but do not enjoy and don’t want to perform?
    • Are you experiencing constant anxiety, stress, and overwhelm?
    • Have you started isolating yourself?
    • Are you avoiding people, places, or experiences you used to enjoy?
    • Are you dealing with depression when you are not anxious?

    Which OCD Test should I take? – Not sure which test to take?

    • Wondering if it is OCD? Take this test
    • Wondering what type of OCD you have? Take the subtype test
    • Wondering if you have a new type of OCD? Take the individual subtype tests
    • Know that you have OCD and are wondering about the severity of OCD? Take the OCD severity test

    Do your tests provide a medical diagnosis?

    Our tests are for information and educational purposes only. They do not provide a medical diagnosis for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. If you are wanting to be formally diagnosed with OCD, we recommend contacting an OCD specialist, psychiatrist, or your primary care physician.

    What is it like to have OCD?

    Most people assume that if you have OCD, you are either washing your hands, cleaning, or checking door locks. These are just three types of OCD and by no means describe the experiences of vast numbers of sufferers. Regardless of what type of OCD someone is dealing with, everyone with OCD will experience unwanted and intrusive thoughts, feelings of fear, overwhelm, anxiety, and can get stuck performing rituals and compulsions. It is also not uncommon for someone with OCD to be dealing with depression and to question their identity, intentions, or morality.

    Why is OCD consistently misdiagnosed and misunderstood?

    The majority of OCD sufferers wait many years for an appropriate diagnosis and effective treatment after symptoms first emerge. This problem is driven by the fact that most people in our culture believe OCD manifests in one of two primary ways: cleaning and washing hands (Contamination OCD), checking doors, locks, or stoves (Checking OCD). What many people (including those newly entering the world of OCD as well as many healthcare professionals) don’t realize is that there are many different types of OCD. As of right now, our one-of-a-kind subtype test includes 38 subtypes of OCD. We plan to continue to expand the number of recognized subtypes of OCD amount as new forms of this condition are identified. Not all treatment professionals within the world of OCD agree that there are this many distinct types of OCD, but people with OCD tend to feel like they are the only ones with the condition and that their OCD is unique. This usually occurs because they have not met anyone else with the condition or they have not met anyone that shares the same thoughts and fear theme as them. This experience creates a deep sense of isolation and can create shame and loneliness. Unfortunately, those of us with the condition feel like we are all alone on a deserted island, even though we make up two percent of the world’s population (an estimated 156,000,000 people are living with OCD worldwide). Therefore, we are far from alone in the world. This is why it is so important for those of us with the condition to share our experiences with others so that they, too, no longer feel like they are on a deserted island.

    What types of OCD are there?

    As mentioned above, it is common for people to assume OCD only manifests in a few different ways. While trying to create an OCD subtype test, we found 38 subtypes of both little-known and well-known forms of OCD. Each one of these are unique. We recognize that some of them are actually compulsive behaviors that the internet started to identify as types of OCD. But we also wanted to provide an understanding that when it comes to OCD, there is a diverse spectrum of subtypes. Some are characterized by violent and aggressive fears, others make you question your identity and what you are capable of, some keep you checking and rechecking to make sure nothing bad has happened or will happen, and others leave you continuously ruminating in your head as you endlessly attempt to solve the unending series of problems that OCD serves you. Regardless of the type, each one of them creates a theme of intrusive thoughts and images for the individual suffering. It is also not uncommon for there to be many different themes within each subtype of OCD. Examples of this are OCD contamination and how one person may be afraid of pee and poop, while others may be afraid of dust, dirt, pollen, or radiation. Therefore, each person will find that their own OCD feels unique and that their OCD is one of a kind. This is another hallmark of OCD.

    What types of OCD does your Subtype quiz test for?

    The 38 subtypes tested within our OCD subtype and individual subtypes tests are Checking, Contamination, Counting, Existential, Philosophical, Food, Exercise, Fortune Telling, Harm, Health, Hypochondria, Hit and Run, Homosexual/HOCD, Incest, Intrusive Thoughts, Just Right, Magical Thinking, Mental Contamination, Emotional Contamination, Mind Reading, Morality, Need to Know, Olfactory Reference Syndrome, Paranoia, Pedophilia, POCD, Perfectionism, Perinatal, Postpartum, Pure O/Purely Obsessional, Relationship / ROCD, Religious, Scrupulosity, Responsibility, Rumination, Fear of Going Crazy, Schizophrenia, Self-Harm, Suicidal, Sexually Aggressive, Sexual Orientation, Social Anxiety, Somatic, Sensorimotor, Superstitious, Symmetry, Orderliness, Violent, and Aggressive Thoughts . Take the Types of OCD Test.

    How to take an OCD test? makes this simple and easy. The tests are already set up to support you in just answering simple questions. Each of these questions are common symptoms, patterns, or experiences that people with OCD experience regularly.

    All you have to do is identify which test is right for you, click on the link and the test will take it from there.

    What types of OCD Tests do you offer?

    OCD Test – YBOCS (Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Test/Scale)

    Our basic test, The OCD Test, is the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Test/Scale, also known by its abbreviation as the Y-BOCS. This test was created by Wayne K. Goodman and colleagues. The Y-BOCS is widely known throughout the OCD treatment community as the gold standard test to help in the diagnosis of OCD, as well as, the level of severity of OCD. This test comprises 10 questions, 5 regarding obsessions and 5 regarding compulsions. Take the OCD test.

    Tip: This test is an excellent tool to utilize if you are getting treatment for OCD as it can identify the severity of symptoms throughout the course of treatment and can offer insight regarding the amount of progress you have made. Ideally, if you are getting effective treatment for OCD, your score should continually decrease each time you take the test. This is because the treatment is working and supporting you in emerging from the OCD cycle.

    OCD Severity Test

    Our OCD Severity Test is the YBOCS. This test is the ‘tried and true’ best test to help identify the level of severity of OCD. This instrument has been empirically substantiated as being both reliable and valid in measuring OCD symptom intensity. The test is a simple, 10 question test that will provide you with a quick understanding of how severe your OCD is at this current time. It is best to take this test and answer your questions based on how you’re feeling right now. By doing so, you are able to continually get an accurate score of what is your current level of severity of OCD. This will give you the ability to continually track your score to ensure that it is decreasing and that you are coming out of the OCD cycle. Take the OCD Severity Test.

    The OCD Test Interpretation

    Once you take The OCD Test, you will receive a score at the end. This score is out of 40 points (10 questions, 4 points per question). We have added the test interpretation on the final results page. There you will see that the options or levels of severity are from “subclinical” to “extreme.” Other severity levels included are “mild,” “moderate,” and “severe.” Oftentimes people are unsure what “subclinical” refers to. Subclinical means that OCD is not present and if you were to go to an OCD specialist, OCD would most likely be ruled out as a medical diagnosis.

    OCD Subtype Test or the Types of OCD Test

    Our OCD Subtype Test was created by our Founder, Bradley Wilson. The goal in creating this test was to create the most comprehensive OCD subtype test on the internet that would indicate which types of OCD are present and to what degree of severity they are present. Our subtype test comprises 38 well-known and little-known subtypes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Each test consists of four questions specific to each subtype. Therefore, there are 152 questions within this test. Although the test specifies there are 38 subtypes tested within the test, we recognize that not all of these subtypes are actually subtypes of OCD. We created this test based on subtypes that you can readily find on the internet. Those within the field of treating OCD know that many of these subtypes are really compulsive behaviors that have grown in popularity online as subtypes. The subtypes that are really compulsive behaviors are outlined in the results of the OCD subtype test. Once you have completed the test, you can “find out more” with each subtype that is shown with the results. This section will allow you to read more about this particular subtype or compulsive behavior. Take the Type of OCD Test.

    Tip: This test is perfect for someone that doesn’t know what type(s) of OCD they have. It is an excellent resource for someone that recently recognized they have OCD, or was recently diagnosed. The goal of the test is to support you in quickly identifying that you are not alone and that the type of OCD you are experiencing is common within the world of OCD. Therefore, we recommend this test for anyone that is not sure what type or types of OCD are present. The reason we recommend taking this test rather than specific OCD subtype tests is because you might find that you get results from one or many types you never thought you had.

    Individual OCD Subtype Tests

    Our individual subtype tests are taken from our OCD subtype test. The goal of separating these from the main OCD subtype test was to help people quickly identify if a specific subtype is present. Each test consists of four questions. These questions are specific to that subtype and comprise of both obsessions and compulsions. Again, some of these subtypes are not really OCD subtypes. Some are compulsive behaviors that the internet has started naming as OCD subtypes. Take the Individual Subtype Tests.

    Tip: We recommend this test to those that are already aware of which primary types of OCD they have and are curious if they are developing a new type of OCD or want to rule specific OCD subtypes out.

    What to do next, finding recovery and help for OCD

    OCD recovery starts by first recognizing if you have the condition, then identifying the severity, and types of OCD. With this information, you will be better equipped to identify the treatment of OCD needed in order to come out of The OCD Cycle. Everyone is different, some people need very little treatment or support, others may need a lot.