What is Homosexual OCD (HOCD)?
Homosexual OCD, or HOCD, is a type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that is characterized by intrusive thoughts and fears related to one’s sexual orientation. People with HOCD experience persistent and unwanted doubts about their sexual orientation, and may become preoccupied with the idea that they are, or may become, homosexual. This can lead to extreme anxiety and distress, as well as a range of compulsive behaviors that are used to try to reduce the anxiety.
Treatment for HOCD typically involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). CBT helps to identify and challenge the irrational thoughts and beliefs that are causing the anxiety, while ERP helps to gradually expose the person to their fears and learn to manage the anxiety without engaging in compulsive behaviors. With the right treatment, people with HOCD can learn to manage their symptoms and live a healthy and fulfilling life.