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As a reminder, the “O” in OCD stands for obsessive. The “C” stands for compulsive. Obsessions are ugly, ugly thoughts or images that plague a person’s mind. Compulsions are the urge to do something. Characters can have obsessions only, compulsions only, or, if your characters is like most people with OCD, they will have both.
When authors write OCD, they tend to focus on the compulsions and forget all about the obsessions. But it’s completely possible to have a character with severe OCD who doesn’t wash their hands a lot or check their stove constantly.Continue reading “Obsessions: 8 things an author must know about obsessions when writing a character with OCD”