Do You Have OCD?
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Do You Have OCD?

OCD -- obsessive compulsive disorder -- is characterized by ritualistic behaviors. Take our quiz to see what you know about it.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of the following describes an obsession?

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The correct answer is: An obsession is an involuntary thought, idea, image or impulse that becomes disturbing or distracting and won't go away. When an obsession interrupts your daily life and prevents you from doing work or performing everyday tasks, it may be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these behaviors is a symptom of having an obsession?

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The correct answer is: Liking a clean and orderly home is not always a sign of an obsession. However, a person who develops a preoccupation with dirt or germs and cleans constantly -- to the point that the cleaning interferes with other aspects of his or her life -- may be experiencing an obsessive behavior.

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People with OCD may feel obsessed with, though repulsed by, which type of images?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Some people with OCD may harbor obsessions around violent, religious or sexual images, even as they find them disturbing or repugnant. A person with OCD may have obsessive visions of inflicting bodily harm or performing sexual acts on specific people, or of defying religious rules.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

At what age do most behaviors associated with OCD begin to appear?

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The correct answer is: The onset of this anxiety disorder usually begins around age 21 (earlier for males, later for females). However, children can also be affected by OCD, usually starting around age 10.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following describes a compulsion?

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The correct answer is: A compulsion is a behavior or ritual that you feel compelled to act out repeatedly. Many people perform ordinary, benign compulsions, such as taking a specific route to work or following a daily schedule. But individuals with a compulsion disorder are so driven to follow these behavior patterns that they are unable to change, even when the behavior has negative consequences.

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Which of these behaviors is a symptom of having a compulsion?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are behaviors that may signal a compulsion. People who constantly check and double-check appliances, switches or locks; clean excessively; or feel the need to arrange or order things in a certain way may have a compulsion.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Needing to say a round of prayers before completing a task may be a sign of a compulsion.

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The correct answer is: Feeling the need to complete a ritual, such as praying, counting or tapping, before doing any kind of task may be a sign of compulsion. The person with the compulsion feels that performing these repetitive behaviors will somehow give her a sense of control and help neutralize the anxiety created when she doesn't or can't perform the compulsion.

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Which of these physical symptoms do people with OCD often experience?

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The correct answer is: People with OCD may experience physical symptoms such as chest pain, nausea, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and tension headaches as a result of their anxiety.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Double-checking to see if the stove is off after removing food is a sign of OCD behavior.

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The correct answer is: Checking the stove a few times after cooking does not always constitute a compulsion. Many healthy adults do this, whether out of habit or forgetfulness. However, if checking the stove interferes with other daily activities, or you are also experiencing physical signs of anxiety, it may be a sign of OCD.

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True or false: Sex addiction is thought to be a type of OCD behavior.

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The correct answer is: Some experts believe (though research has yet to confirm) that sexual addiction is a type of OCD behavior. Some people experience so many overwhelming sexual thoughts that it becomes an obsession. Acting out by having many sexual partners or performing specific sexual acts is the compulsive result.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

A person who is preoccupied with perfectionism, details and control has what type of OCD?

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The correct answer is: A person who is preoccupied with perfectionism, control and details may have a type of OCD called obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD). It's very similar to OCD, but individuals with OCPD are so focused on orderliness and control that they become rigid and shut off to change.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: You cannot be a hoarder and also have OCD.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Hoarding and saving compulsions are relatively common in people with OCD. Just as a hand-washing compulsion stems from a fear of germs, a hoarder hoards belongings from fear of waste, losing information and attaching emotional meaning to objects.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these behaviors is typical of a compulsive disorder?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are behaviors typical of a compulsive disorder. People with OCD take a seemingly normal behavior and make it highly irrational by needing to repeat it over and over.

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How much time each day do you have to spend performing rituals or thinking obsessive thoughts to be diagnosed with OCD?

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The correct answer is: The American Psychiatric Association defines OCD as performing either rituals, compulsions or obsessions for at least an hour each day. These obsessions or compulsions cause a significant disruption in your daily life.

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What is the traditional treatment for OCD?

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The correct answer is: Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is traditionally used to treat OCD. This type of treatment combines analyzing a person's thinking patterns (obsessions) to determine how they create the compulsions. Once that connection is better understood, a therapist will use exposure therapy and expose the patient to the stimulus. Unlike before, however, the patient won't be able to engage in the compulsive behaviors she normally would. Over time, this will teach the patient to cope with the anxiety and fears associated with OCD.

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True or false: People with OCD rarely involve others in their compulsions.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A person with severe anxiety or OCD behaviors may force friends and family members to follow some of their rituals or behaviors. This can negatively affect relationships.

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True or false: OCD increases a person's risk of committing suicide.

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The correct answer is: This is true. OCD can be very demoralizing and distressing, and people with OCD are at an increased risk of suicide. They're also more likely to abuse alcohol and substances as a way of coping with their anxiety and compulsive behaviors.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these medicines may be used to treat OCD?

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The correct answer is: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are typically the first line of treatment when medicine is involved. And if a patient doesn't show a great deal of progress while taking SSRIs alone, they may be prescribed benzodiazepine or a tricyclic antidepressant. Often the combination of these medicines with CBT is more successful than one type of treatment alone.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Who is more likely to have OCD?

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The correct answer is: Men and women are affected by OCD equally.

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True or false: People with OCD will often be able to stop their irrational behaviors and thoughts once they acknowledge that the behaviors and thoughts are irrational.

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The correct answer is: People with OCD are aware their behaviors and thoughts are irrational. However, they cannot think away their disease. Because of this, they also often suffer from shame, and some do not understand they can treat their disease.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Frequent obsessive thoughtsand constantly trying to tame those thoughts with actions (like hand washing)those are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you have this internal battle, you know it can take over your life...

. With counseling and medications, you can quiet the turmoil inside.
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