OCD screening quiz

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The screening for OCD on this site doesn't make any sense. Each question just asks you about a different type of OCD. So the results do not indicate whether or not you have OCD or the severity or frequency of symptoms. Instead, all they show is how many different types of OCD you may have symptoms of, which is entirely different. Someone could have the most extreme OCD but only concerning one area (for example contamination OCD) but according to the test they likely don't have OCD because of how many questions they answered yes. And someone could not actually have OCD or very mild OCD but answered yes to the majority of questions simply because they have behaviours which relate to a variety of different types of OCD. The test shows absolutely no understanding of OCD which I did not expect from this organisation/site who are meant to be there to help people with this disorder. You'd think there would be some basic understanding there. It's ridiculous and embarrassing. 

15 February 2016 - 10:25

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23 February 2016 - 21:32

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Yes I've noticed that with OCD screening questionnaires on other sites; not just "for fun" ones, but sites for medical charities and so on.  Instead of asking about the nature of the symptoms, i.e. how they behave (which is the distinctive thing), they often just concentrate on whether your fears and compulsions are on the subjects that are the commonest subjects for OCD, which is no good because though some are more common than others OCD can settle on almost any topic.  As you say, this one works out oddly in a slightly different way, but one that'd still lead to the wrong answers in a lot of simple cases.  I was asked to help test out the new website before it first went up, and I told them my concerns about the questionnaire, but it seems to have gone up anyway totally unchanged. 

Sorry to have to criticise it to people's faces like this, but I hope this warns site visitors not to take the results from that questionnaire seriously. 

28 February 2016 - 17:36

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Lyratheowl, I read your other post on this forum and it was extremely informative. I hope you do not leave this forum because of this OCD questionnaire. You are right it is not very good. I scored low on the first part, but very high on the second. Your right the first half seems to be about the usual type of OCD regarding contamination issues or objects, the second half more pure o symptoms (I am a pure o sufferer). It kind of confusing putting them together then adding up a score because people can have very different types of OCD, and like me may score low on the first half but high on the second or vise versa, leading to a confusing result.

If you read carefully in small print the questionnaire was designed by a single psychiatrist. I wouldn't worry about it. Look more closely on this website, I consider this the best website on the internet about helping people with OCD and the best forum as well. There is so much here, it is a nice community and there are experienced users like Wombat who have provided much help to other sufferers. Don't let one thing ruin it for you. I am sure the questionnaire will be fixed in time. Take care.

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