25 Questions To Know If You Are Compulsive Obsessive

Although it is not known exactly what is the cause of this disorder, it is suspected that it may have social origins.

When the video of Neil Hilborn viralized reciting his poem “OCD”, in the regional poetic slam of Rustbelt in 2013, people began to become aware of the severity of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). People suffering from this disorder suffer many difficulties to relate and in general to carry their day to day, because the manias and tics that this generates the shore to seclude themselves.

Although it is not known exactly what is the cause of this disorder, it is suspected that it may have social origins. For example, many of the patients analyzed assure that their parents were very controlling and strict with them when they were small, this generated a lack of self-esteem that the individuals tried to substitute with the approval of other people.

So far the most accurate way to know if a person has OCD is to observe their behavior, especially if the individual has certain types of obsessions such as using a certain color for each day of the week or keeping a strict schedule for all their activities. Professor Wayne Goodman of the University of Florida formulated a questionnaire with which we could support to know if we suffer from this disorder through 25 questions:

  1. Do you worry about pollution, dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation, etc. or get a serious illness like AIDS?
  2. Do you worry too much about keeping objects (clothes, purchases, tools) in perfect order, or exactly arranged?
  3. Do you have mental images about death or other horrible events?
  4. Do you have unacceptable religious or sexual thoughts?
  5. Are you worried that your house will suffer a fire, theft or flood?
  6. Do you worry about accidentally hitting a pedestrian with your car and letting it roll down a hill?
  7. Are you worried about spreading a disease, for example, a sexually transmitted disease?
  8. Are you worried about losing something valuable?
  9. Do you worry about the harm you can do to a loved one because you have not been careful enough?
  10. Do you worry about physically harming a loved one, pushing a stranger in front of a bus, directing your car to oncoming traffic, inappropriate sexual contact or intoxicating your guests at a dinner party?
  11. Do you perform excessive rituals of washing, cleaning or grooming?
  12. Do you check the light switches, faucets, oven, door locks or handbrake on your car?
  13. Do you carry out counties and revisions numerous times at night to organize your earrings and make sure everything is in order?
  14. Do you collect useless objects or do you inspect the trash before throwing it away?
  15. Do you repeat the routine actions (entering / leaving somewhere, going through a door, re-lighting a cigarette) several times a day and never enough?
  16. Do you need to touch objects or people all the time?
  17. Do you unnecessarily reread or rewrite letters, even reopen the envelopes before sending them?
  18. Do you examine your body for signs of disease?
  19. Do you avoid certain colors (red means blood), numbers (13 is bad luck) or names (those that start with “M” mean death) that are associated with fearful events or unpleasant thoughts?
  20. Do you feel the need to ask someone to repeat what you said or did to make sure you did it correctly?
  21. Several unpleasant thoughts or images repeatedly enter your mind.
  22. How much discomfort do your own thoughts cause you?
  23. How difficult is it to control the speed of your ideas?
  24. Do all those thoughts prevent you from going somewhere or being with someone?
  25. How much do these ideas interfere with your school, work or social life?

You can take the test here

We must remember that this is a condition that can not be taken lightly, since its consequences, especially in our social life, could be irreversible. Currently there are many treatments to control it, however, we can keep it aside if we seek help on time and this test can serve as an indicator that something is not right or the opposite.