OCD and Fandom

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OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a mental illness characterised by obsessive thoughts and the completion of rituals or compulsions as a temporary means of alleviating those thoughts and the anxiety they cause.

Its links with fandom include:

  • Representations of OCD in fanworks
  • Behaviours of fans with the condition in fandom
  • Discussions around purity culture, and the effects on those suffering with intrusive thoughts

Canon Representation


Popular Headcanons


  • Scrupulosity
  • POCD

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