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How is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) diagnosed?

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If you think you might have OCD, see a doctor. Diagnosing it will likely include:

Many people have superstitions or rituals, or fear that they left the door unlocked or the oven on after leaving home. If you can control those thoughts or think about them logically, it's probably not OCD. If you can't control them, or they take up at least an hour of your day and cause problems in your life, it's a sign that it's time to get help.

  • A physical exam
  • Blood tests
  • A psychological test or evaluation

From: How Do I Know if I Have OCD? WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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Mayo Clinic: "Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)."

Beyond OCD: "Obsessions and Compulsions."

Cleveland Clinic: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 19, 2018

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