So, I have severe diagnosed anxiety which presents OCD symptoms in the form of becoming obsessed with certain scary topics for days on end. These symptoms are more O than C in OCD if that makes sense.
HOWEVER, I am trying to write a short story in which the MC has clinically diagnosed OCD (my mother has it, but everyone is different so she doesn’t have the ticks I would like to convey).
I am looking for a POV that is correct as possible relating specifically to compulsive behaviours like tapping on things, turning switches on and off, these kinds of things. What sort of feelings do you get? Is there a sense of danger or stress if you don’t?
For me, when I get compulsive behaviours, my thought process goes: “but if you don’t do this now you could die and then you will have never done it”. Is it similar at all?
I’m a strong believer in clinical diagnoses over self diagnoses, for representation purposes.