JK Rowling’s personal experience with OCD inspired new novel’s lead character

     JK Rowling has revealed that the OCD-afflicted lead character in her new novel was actually inspired by her personal experience with the disorder. The ‘Harry Potter’ author describes how her own battles with anxiety and depression helped shape her protagonist in her new adult novel ‘The Casual Vacancy.’ “We have an adult character in the book who has obsessive compulsive disorder,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying on ‘Good Morning America.’ “These are things I know from the inside... When I was in my teens I had issues with OCD,” she said. Describing how the condition manifested itself she said that she became increasingly irrational. She said that as a teenager she constantly made lists and could not stop “checking, double checking, triple checking” things.

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