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Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale

The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) is an OCD screening test that can help determine the severity of your OCD symptoms. Use the results to help decide if you need to see a doctor or other mental health professional to further discuss diagnosis and treatment of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).

Instructions: Check the appropriate score below. Choose only one item per question. Scores should reflect the composite effect of all obsessive compulsive symptoms. Rate the average occurence of each item during the prior week up to and including now.


1 ) Time spent on obsessions
  0 hours/day
0-1 hours/day
1-3 hours/day
3-8 hours/day
8+ hours/day

2 ) Interference from obsessions
  None
Mild
Definite but manageable
Substantial impairment
Incapacitating

3 ) Distress from obsessions
  None
Little
Moderate but manageable
Severe
Near constant, disabling

4 ) Resistance to obsessions
  Always resistant
Much resistance
Some resistance
Often yields
Completely yields

5 ) Control over obsessions
  Complete control
Much control
Some control
Little control
No control

6 ) Time spent on compulsions
  0 hours/day
0-1 hours/day
1-3 hours/day
3-8 hours/day
8+ hours/day

7 ) Interference from compulsions
  None
Mild
Definite but manageable
Substantial impairment
Incapacitating

8 ) Distress from compulsions
  None
Little
Moderate but manageable
Severe
Near constant/disabling

9 ) Resistance to compulsions
  Always resistant
Much resistance
Some resistance
Often yields
Completely yields

10 ) Control over compulsions
  Complete control
Much control
Some control
Little control
No control