Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS)

Print out this form and rate the average occurrence of each item during the prior week. Scores should reflect the composite effect of all of your obsessive compulsive symptoms.

Item Range of Severity
1. Time Spent on obsessions 0 hr/day 0-1 hrs/day 1-3 hrs/day 3-8 hrs/day +8 hrs/day
Score 0 1 2 3 4
2. Interference from obsessions None Mild Definite but
Manageable
Substantial
Impairment
Incapacitating
Score 0 1 2 3 4
3. Distress from obsessions None Little Moderate but
Manageable
Severe Near Constant,
Disabling
Score 0 1 2 3 4
4. Resistance to obsessions Always
Resist
Much
Resistance
Some
Resistance
Often
Yields
Completely
Yields
Score 0 1 2 3 4
5. Control over obsessions Complete
Control
Much
Control
Some
Control
Little
Control
No
Control
Score 0 1 2 3 4
6. Time spent on compulsions 0 hr/day 0-1 hrs/day 1-3 hrs/day 3-8 hrs/day +8 hrs/day
Score 0 1 2 3 4
7. Interference from compulsions None Mild Definite but
Manageable
Substantial
Impairment
Incapacitating
Score 0 1 2 3 4
8. Distress from compulsions None Little Moderate but
Manageable
Severe Near Constant
Disabling
Score 0 1 2 3 4
9. Resistance to compulsions Always
Resist
Much
Resistance
Some
Resistance
Often
Yields
Completely
Yields
Score 0 1 2 3 4
10. Control over compulsions Complete
Control
Much
Control
Some
Control
Little
Control
No
Control
Score 0 1 2 3 4

Interpretation of Total Score

Total Score
Severity
0-7
Subclinical
8-15
Mild
16-23
Moderate
24-31
Severe
32-40
Extreme

If your score falls in the Subclinical to Mild range, you may benefit from relaxation and/or mindfullness coaching

If your score falls in the Moderate to Severe range, you may benefit from specific therapy from a counsellor experienced with OCD treatment

If your score falls in the Extreme range, you may benefit from the help of a phsychiatrist and a counsellor experienced with OCD treatment

Disclaimer:

This is only a preliminary screening test for obsessive/compulsive symptoms that does not replace in any way a formal psychiatric evaluation. It is designed to give a preliminary idea about the presence of obsessive/compulsive symptoms that indicate the need for an evaluation by a psychiatrist or medical practitioner.