I have just found out that an assessment for OCD would cost $1500. I have never been formally assessed, but cannot afford this (do not have benefits). Is there anything I can do to find out if I have OCD, or are there any publications to help me?
OCD Assessment cost: I have just found out... - My OCD Community
Hello Natireworshipper. Who has told you this?
There are online tools that you can use - and some self help books have them. The following are at the back of the book Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
Obsessive Compulsive Inventory (OCI)
Disability Ratings (how much OCD stops you doing things)
Saving Inventory (for hoarding and clutter problems)
The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms Checklist
The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (self-report)
Responsibility Interpretations Scale (RIS)
Responsibility Attitudes Scale (RAS)
Most of these are copyright, and some can be found in other books. Some or all may be online.
It's also good to do them again while undergoing treatment for OCD - they are a fairly good measure of how you are progressing.
Thanks so much for this info—I will definitely check this out.
I should just add that if paying for a therapist is beyond what you can afford, you can make a lot of progress by using self help books. Many of these have exercises you can adapt to your own form of OCD.
Have you spoken to your doctor? This sounds like a rip off to me.
In the states there are some who work on a sliding scale see if any providers offer that
Have you looked at the directory at the IOCD website? Do you have insurance? Are you eligible for Medicaid? Also, there are teaching programs which evaluate at no cost. And sometimes it's possible to find an office associated with a hospital, and the hospital has a financial assistance program (which would be income-based).
Hopefully the IOCD Foundation can help you find something if you email or call. I've always thought of Canada as being ahead of the US in understanding and supporting Tourette Syndrome. I hope there's someone near you that you just haven't found yet.
Check out treatmyOCD.com; the company is "NOCD" they treat OCD and related disorders and out of pocket cost per session is 170; they do full assessment in first two sessions and have payment plans too!