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.Still others worry about acting on unwanted sexual impulses.Emerging sexuality can be confusing for any teen or young adult, and gay teens face a variety of unique challenges over the course of adolescence.In addition to learning to understand their own sexuality, gay teens must navigate complex situations and pressures that may not be relevant for straight teens.Avoidance and rituals thus prevent the occurrence of corrective learning experiences that would ultimately cause these unwanted thoughts to decrease in frequency and intensity. ” These are important questions that you might wish to discuss with your therapist.Rituals associated with homosexual OCD include mental rituals and behavioral rituals. If you have HOCD, doubt about your sexuality reflects an OCD-related “false alarm” that has nothing to do with your actual sexual orientation.
Prior to the onset of HOCD, they might have had few doubts about their sexual orientation.
Faulty beliefs about sexuality and sexual orientation perpetuate fear about the possible consequences of resisting OCD-related compulsions.
This is harmful because every time an unwanted thought is avoided or neutralized, it is reinforced and becomes more likely to become activated again in the future.
This post is not about the anxiety associated with being gay or with “coming out” but instead discusses homosexual OCD (“HOCD”), an anxiety disorder that affects a small number of individuals.
HOCD is not unique to teens but can occur at any age.