The Magic Number: A Collection of Short Stories About OCD




Gonzales, Vanessa

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ODC) is often associated with simple acts such as double checking that the stove is off before leaving home or cleaning a messy room. However, many people are not aware of the obsessive thoughts that go along with these types of behaviors. These obsessive, unwanted, thoughts can interrupt the daily lives of people and can cause heavy loads of distress. Compulsive behavior follows these intrusive thoughts and occurs when someone performs a specific behavior or action in order to obtain some sense of comfort and relief. The Magic Number is a collection of short stories focused on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. These stories give an insight to the struggles of living with OCD and are an attempt to show people that OCD is more than what meets the eye. These stories are written from an anonymous, first person point of view, but are based on the experiences of real people. These experiences vary in extremity and are written from the point of view of someone who has OCD as well as the point of views of their family, their friends, and even some strangers they have come in contact with in order to show the ways in which this disorder can affect others as well.



obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD, short stories, awareness, mental health, first person POV, Honors College


Gonzales, V. (2018). The magic number: A collection of short stories about OCD (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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