What can trigger HOCD?
- Learning that someone close to them is gay and this news being shocking, upsetting, or unexpected, causing them to question their own sexual identity.
- Being bullied, teased, or accused of being gay or not fitting in prescribed gender roles.
How do I know its HOCD? Typical HOCD symptoms include:
Avoiding people of your same gender due to anxiety or unwanted fears that you might be gay. Worrying that you might be sending out “signals” that will make others think you are gay. Homosexual thoughts are repulsive to you, rather than arousing. Feeling no attraction to your same sex.
How do I deal with a gay OCD? Like all types of OCD, Homosexual OCD can be treated with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically with treatment approaches called Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Mindful-Based CBT teaches patients that everyone experiences intrusive thoughts.
Is HOCD curable? A therapist who is familiar with the condition will also understand that HOCD is not something that can be cured through reasoning and talk therapy because there is no underlying homosexuality to uncover. Instead, treatment for HOCD should involve the same therapies clinicians use when treating classic OCD.