Sexual obsessions can also affect gay men, lesbians, or bisexual individuals with OCD, who may become fearful about the possibility of becoming straight (“Straight OCD”).
Anxiety, distress, and confusion are often part of this process.
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.
Straight individuals with homosexual OCD experience obsessive fears about the possibility of being gay.
They worry that if they’re around gay people or same sex individuals that they might lose control and act out sexually.
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.