Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is common in junior doctors. It's part of being overly competitive, conscientious and perfectionistic.

Certain thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) are repeated over and over again. When these compulsions interfere with your daily activities and take over your life, you should seek help.

What can you do about OCD?

If you fit the diagnostic criteria for OCD, seek professional help.


Self Assessment Tools

Take one of our self assessment tools to gauge your level of stress:

ProQOL Questionnaire

Kessler Questionnaire


An initiative of the Doctors’ Health Advisory Service (NSW), the Medical Benevolent Association, the AMA Doctors in Training Group, the Resident Medical Officers’ Associations, the Australian Medical Students’ Association, the Clinical Education and Training Institute and the NSW Employee Assistance Program with funding from the Medical Board of NSW (2009).