Do I have OCD? A Free Online OCD Test for Screening OCD Symptoms

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Patrick Carey
By Patrick Carey

There are hundreds of OCD tests and “OCD quizzes” online. Some aim to help people self-diagnose; others turn obsessive-compulsive disorder into a joke. Either way, a vast majority of these are not helpful and probably create more problems than solutions.

Whenever we’re struggling, it’s natural to seek clarity.  And because OCD is a diagnosable condition, a lot of quizzes try to provide that clarity.

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But online OCD quizzes can make things worse.

1) There’s a lot of bad information out there. Remember that even if someone’s website implies that they have real knowledge on OCD, that doesn’t mean it won’t lead you astray. Always be careful to find out the ultimate source of information about OCD or its symptoms– in other words, who wrote the actual content and what’s it based on? 

2) For many people with obsessive compulsive disorder, taking online tests can become a compulsion. The internet makes it really easy to keep finding more quizzes whenever and wherever.  If someone is repeatedly taking quizzes to gain a sense of safety (a reassurance-seeking behavior) it may be a sign that taking online tests has become a compulsion.

3) Results from an online quiz should not be taken as a diagnosis. Only a licensed mental health professional (psychologist, social worker, counselor, psychiatrist or other trained medical professional) with relevant experience and training can make this determination. Compared to an online quiz, their diagnostic process involves extended time, a comprehensive assessment, and detailed diagnostic tools that have been validated.  

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Are there any free tests of OCD symptoms online that are helpful?

With all of this in mind, we know that it can be extremely hard to know where to start when you suspect you may have OCD. Leading OCD experts on the NOCD clinical team, Dr. Jamie Feusner and Dr. Stephanie Lonsway, created a brief screener to help you determine if you have OCD symptoms. These results can be shared with your mental health providers to help you make informed decisions about your health:

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If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, you can schedule a free call today with the NOCD clinical team to learn more about how a licensed therapist can help. At NOCD, all therapists specialize in OCD and receive ERP-specific training. ERP is most effective when the therapist conducting the treatment has experience with OCD and training in ERP.

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Adriana Delgado

Adriana Delgado

Licensed Therapist, LMHC

My journey as a therapist has brought me in front of more and more cases of OCD, which has led to specialization in OCD treatment. My experience working at intensive in-home services for children & families, and intensive outpatient programs, has prepared me for even the biggest challenges. During sessions, I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy because it’s one of the most effective treatments for OCD, and works for any OCD subtype.

Alyse Eldred

Alyse Eldred

Licensed Therapist, LMFT

I’ve been a licensed therapist since 2017, and as an OCD specialist, I only use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. Research shows that ERP is the most effective OCD treatment available. I truly enjoy helping people understand themselves through ERP and I’m grateful to be part of a process that helps people gain control of their lives.

Andrew Moeller

Andrew Moeller

Licensed Therapy, LMHC

I've been a licensed counselor since 2013, having run my private practice with a steady influx of OCD cases for several years. Out of all the approaches to OCD treatment that I've used, I find Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy to be the most effective. ERP goes beyond other methods and tackles the problem head-on. By using ERP in our sessions, you can look forward to better days ahead.

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