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OCI – CADT © IP 2009 initial/follow-up - 

Obsessive Compulsive Symptom Scale

Name:                                                                          Date:

Please read each statement and select a number 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 that best describes how much that experience has distressed or bothered you during the past month. There are no right or wrong answers. Do not spend too much time on any one statement. 

0 = Not at all 1 = A little 2 = Moderately 3 = A lot 4 = Extremely

Please send your selected numbers via e-mail for scoring. Or if you prefer you can go through this with me (Carol Edwards) in live chat. If sending by e-mail simply write each selected number next to each numbered statement. For instance, the example in the first statement below would look like this - 1:2. Continue writing your scores like this until you reach the end of the list. This assessment is a FREE guide and the score is not intended to be a formal diagnosis. If you are concerned about your results in any way, please speak with a health professional or your general practitioner or to discuss formal diagnosis.

 

1. Unpleasant thoughts come into my mind against my will and I cannot get rid of them

DISTRESS

0

1

√ A little

3

4

 

2. I think contact with bodily secretions (perspiration, saliva, blood, urine, etc) may contaminate my clothes or somehow harm me.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

3. I ask people to repeat things to me several times, even though I understand them the first time.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

4. I wash and clean obsessively

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

5. I have to review mentally past events, conversations and actions to make sure that I didn't do something wrong.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

6. I have saved up so many things that they get in the way.

DISTRESS

 0

 1

 2

 3

 4

 

7. I check things more often than necessary.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

8. I avoid using public toilets because I am afraid of disease or contamination.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

9. I repeatedly check doors, windows, drawers etc.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

10. I repeatedly check gas and water taps and light switches after turning them off.

DISTRESS

O

1

2

3

4

 

11. I collect things

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

12. I have thoughts of having hurt someone without knowing it.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

13. I have thoughts that I might want to harm myself or others.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

14. I get upset if objects are not arranged properly.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

15. I feel obliged to follow a particular order in dressing, undressing and washing myself.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

16. I feel compelled to count while I am doing things

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

17. I am afraid of impulsively doing embarrassing or harmful things.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

18. I need to pray to cancel bad thoughts or feelings.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

19. I keep on checking forms or other things I have written.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

20. I get upset at the sight of knives, scissors and other sharp objects in case I lose control with them.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

21. I am excessively concerned about cleanliness.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

22. I find it difficult to touch an object when I know it has been touched by strangers or certain people.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

23. I need things to be arranged in a particular order

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

24. I get behind in my work because I repeat things over and over again.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

25. I feel I have to repeat certain numbers.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

26. After doing something carefully, I still have the impression I have not finished it.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

27. I find it difficult to touch garbage or dirty things.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

28. I find it difficult to control my own thoughts.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

29. I have to do things over and over again until it feels right.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

30. I am upset by unpleasant thoughts that come into my mind against my will

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

31. Before going to sleep I have to do certain things in a certain way.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

32. I go back to places to make sure that I have not harmed anyone.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

33. I frequently get nasty thoughts and have difficulty in getting rid of them later.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

34. I avoid throwing things away because I am afraid I might need them later.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

35. I get upset if others change the way I have arranged my things.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

36. I feel that I must repeat certain words or phrases in my mind in order to wipe out bad thoughts, feelings or actions.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

37. After I have done things, I have persistent doubts about whether I really did them.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

38. I sometimes have to wash or clean myself simply because I feel contaminated.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

39. I feel that there are good and bad numbers.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

40. I repeatedly check anything which might cause a fire.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

41. Even when I do something very carefully I feel that it is not quite right.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

 

42. I wash my hands more often or longer than necessary.

DISTRESS

0

1

2

3

4

For therapist use:

Washing

 

Checking

 

Doubting

 

Ordering

 

Obsessions

 

Hoarding

 

Neutralising

 

Total

 

 

Please write to Carol Edwards through e-mail: caroledwardsocd@gmail.com

 or connect with on her "learn and recover" website:  OCDTherapistHelp here:  www.ocdtherapisthelp.com
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