TAKE THE OCD TEST:
1. Do you have
disturbing thoughts that just seem to "pop into your head" that you feel you have no control over? These thoughts
could be about harm to yourself or others, health, cleanliness, safety, sexuality, violence, religion or morality, guilt,
over-responsibility, things being out of order, appearance or body image, nonsense thoughts or unanswerable philosophical
2. Do the thoughts cause an exaggerated anxiety, fear, guilt, panic, or discomfort
that, at times, seems irrational even to you? (Young children with OCD might not believe their thoughts are irrational.)
3. Do you feel an irrisistable urge to "fight off" the disturbing thoughts by a repetitive
behavior, or by thinking a counteracting thought, or seeking others' reassurance, or by trying to resolve a complex question
in your mind? Does this urge seem almost against your will? Keep in mind that compulsions are often not physical behaviors;
they can also be purely mental attempts to "talk yourself out of the worry."
Does your attempt to "fight off" the thought bring no relief or temporary relief at best? Do you do it anyway because
you feel you "just can't stop?"
5. Do your worries and behaviors cause you more
than ordinary stress, delay you, or bother others (family, friends, bosses)?
If you answered
yes to any of these questions, it could be OCD. OCD is a common condition, shared by millions of people. The good news is
that there is help. OCD is very treatable, and might not require medication. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful of a
normal happy life with the RIGHT treatment (click "Treating OCD" link on left for more information).
For free advice, email your questions to Dr. Brodsky sjbrodsky (at) aol (dot) com, an expert on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in Manhattan
(NYC) and New Jersey or call 212-726-2390 for a free personal reply (NY-NJ-CT callers only please). Only Dr. Brodsky will
ever read your email.
Dr. Brodsky's offices are convenient to mid-town Manhattan and the
entire New York Metropolitan area, Westchester, Rockland, New Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut, and close to all subways,
trains, and buses. Phone sessions can be arranged (only) for clients in remote areas. (This website and Dr. Brodsky's advice
is for informational purposes only and is not, nor should it be construed as, treatment or diagnosis.)