Some people with HOCD worry that other people will think they’re gay, and they spend excessive time and energy trying to “act straight.” Many people with HOCD experience all of the symptoms above. Like any form of OCD, symptoms of HOCD are maintained by faulty beliefs, rituals, and avoidance behaviors.
When around same sex individuals, they “check” their own bodies for signs of sexual arousal.
Other people with homosexual obsessions have a contamination-related variant of HOCD and worry that contact with gay men, lesbians, bisexual individuals, or effeminate/androgynous people is “contagious” or may somehow “activate” their latent homosexuality.
HOCD is not unique to teens but can occur at any age.
Homosexual OCD (“HOCD”) is a specific subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that involves recurrent sexual obsessions and intrusive doubts about one’s sexual orientation.
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Still others worry about acting on unwanted sexual impulses.
They worry that if they’re around gay people or same sex individuals that they might lose control and act out sexually.
In some cases, individuals with HOCD experiment with homosexual relationships or adopt gay lifestyles because of doubt about their heterosexuality.