OCD and FAME are Not Mutually Exclusive

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Feb 28, 2013

Her name is Joanne Rowling and she struggled as a teen with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). You might know her as J.K. Rowling, mega success as an author of the Harry Potter series. In 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was the fastest-selling book in history. The seventh and final installment in the Harry Potter series was the largest ever pre-ordered book at Barnes + Nobel, Borders and Amazon.com in 2007. She is now ranked as Britain’s 13th wealthiest woman, richer even than the queen.

Having OCD does not preclude becoming a success.

Rowling became aware of her OCD when as a teenager her compulsions drove her to check, double-check and triple check things that didn’t need checking at all.

Rowling went public with her struggle as a teen in her newest book, “The Casual Vacancy,” in which the protagonist is afflicted with OCD. In press interviews, the forthcoming Rowling explained her intimate understanding of OCD comes from personal experience.

Not all teens with OCD suffer the same symptoms JK Rowling did. No symptom is wrong. No sense of frustration is wrong. While it can feel solitary and isolated to have OCD, just knowing that others like JK Rowling have overcome any perceived limitations helps. To know that someone like the amazing JK Rowling has turned her personal journey into a literary success is inspiring.

BeyondOCD.org offers resources for teens and their parents and friends to work through the issues of OCD.



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