J.K. Rowling's Battle With OCD Will Inspire Fans to Face Their Own 'Dementors' (VIDEO)

jk rowlingSeems like more often than not, creativity comes at a price -- which is why I wasn't surprised to hear that J.K. Rowling struggled as a teen with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I mean, this is the mind responsible for the existence of Harry Potter! Think about the sheer multitude of characters and plot lines and backstories and magic spells that came strictly from Rowling's imagination! Anyone with that much going on upstairs is bound to have a few shadowy corners to contend with. The occasional mental cobweb to brush away.

But Rowling, like many writers, has found a way to put those cobwebs to good use -- particularly in her new (non-Harry Potter) novel, The Casual Vacancy.

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"We have an adult character in the book who has obsessive compulsive disorder," she says. "These are things I know from the inside ... when I was in my teens I had issues with OCD."

Obsessive compulsive disorder can manifest in a number of different ways, but symptoms usually involve repeated thoughts or behaviors that feel uncontrollable and often involve an intense fear of something (germs, for example). Rowling says her OCD came in the form of "compulsions," which forced her to keep "checking, double checking, triple checking" things that didn't need to be checked at all (this is a common OCD trait).

Personally, I'm both impressed and grateful to J.K. Rowling for speaking up about her battle with OCD. There's a huge stigma attached to anything associated with mental illness, and her honesty could inspire others to come forward and, most importantly, get the help they need. Plus -- what an inspiration! Clearly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder didn't stop Rowling from achieving her goals!

Do you think J.K. Rowling will inspire others with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

 

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