OCD Tests For Teenagers – Pacific Teen Treatment

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that is characterized by intrusive, unreasonable thoughts and/ or fears (obsessions) that commonly lead to compulsive, repetitive behaviors. OCD can manifest and affect people of all ages. OCD is a debilitating condition that greatly affects an individual’s quality of life as the symptoms of this condition make completing everyday tasks extremely challenging, if not impossible. While the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) provide clear criteria for mental health professionals when diagnosing obsessive-compulsive disorder, there are several at-home tests to help teenagers understand if they are suffering from OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can manifest if a variety of ways. As such, several OCD categories have been established. The most common OCD categories individuals fall into include the following:

Checkers: repeatedly looking at and checking things such as alarm systems, lights, locks…etc.
Washers: fearing contamination, compulsively engaging in personal hygiene rituals (e.g., washing hands, showering, washing feet…etc.).
Hoarders: collecting things for fear that something bad may occur directly as a result of throwing items away.
Doubters: continuously afraid that if something is not done perfectly the individual will be punished and/ or it will result in something terrible occurring.
Counters: the need to compulsively count things (e.g., steps, bottles, letters…etc.) and/ or have irrational superstitions connected to certain numbers.
Arrangers: must have everything arranged to perfectly reflect order and symmetry.
Some teens could exhibit symptoms related to multiple categories, although it is most common for an individual to experience symptoms as they primarily relate to one of the above categories.

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