How Sensitive Is Your OCD Radar? Pick The Red Dot That Is Different!

Have you ever felt the need to do something that you know is a little weird, but you have to do it regardless of how strange it may seem, because if you don’t then it’s all you can think about? Many people experience little quirks that pop up and they suddenly find themselves obsessing uncontrollably over them.

Take for example the urge to always check and see if the stove or lights are turned off or that a door is locked. Every once in awhile it’s normal to freak out because you don’t remember if you switched the oven off after dinner, but checking it multiple times a day, even when you haven’t used it to bake anything in awhile, is definitely not normal.

If you suspect that you might be a little too obsessive or compulsive about things, then you probably have some degree of OCD, aka Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. According to the Mayo Clinic, the clinical definition of OCD is when you have “unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions).”

People who fit the profile of having this mental disorder perform certain rituals and activities in specific ways that would seem odd to anyone else, but in their minds it makes complete and perfect sense. The most common reported compulsions include behaviors like repetitive hand washing, checking or counting things, cleaning, and an inability to throw stuff out.

The obsessions are often completely overwhelming and so strong that people feel like they absolutely must perform their rituals, and many easily end up spending an hour or more doing them every single day.

If this all sounds a little too familiar, then you may be among the estimated 2.3% of American adults who experience OCD in any given year. That comes out to about 3.3 million people whose lives get taken over and negatively affected by the need and urge to perform behaviors that they can’t seem to control.

Only a doctor can determine and diagnose you as having OCD or not, so if you suspect that you may have it, definitely consult your doctor. However, you can take this quiz to see what level your OCD is, if you even have it at all.

It examines how your brain and mind evaluate different scenarios and images of disorder to figure out what pleases or displeases you. These things can indicate whether or not a person has OCD so take it now and see what your results say!

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