The Not-so-Merry-Friends’ Guide to Mental Health

Comic 31 - OCD 4

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29th Dec 2015, 11:30 AM
People with anxiety tend to think of possibilities as having already happened. Ethan is worrying that he has the capability to stab someone so he subconsciously is treating that as if it has already happened and has moved on to worrying about being arrested.
These kinds of "I could stab someone or shout something really offensive" thoughts are called "intrusive thoughts," and while everyone gets them to some extent (Poe called it the imp of the perverse) people with OCD get them more and are more affected by them. Compulsions are fueled by them.
Compulsions are the repetitive actions people make to try and get rid of intrusive thoughts, and they realize they are weird but cannot help themselves.