Sexual Orientation OCD

OCD Subtype

What is Sexual Orientation OCD?

Sexual Orientation OCD causes someone to doubt their own sexual orientation leaving them questioning whether they are attracted to the same sex. People who have always identified as heterosexual fear their identity has changed or will in the future. This subtype creates lots of anxiety as the person starts to ruminate about their entire life trying to find answers to whether they are in fact attracted to the same gender.
Sexual Orientation OCD

Common Obsessions

  • Persistent fears of being a different sexual orientation
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts and images about persons of the same sex
  • Fear of accidentally flirting with the gender opposite of their sexual orientation
  • Fear of being physically attracted to the gender opposite of their sexual orientation
  • Fear of having to develop a new identity

Sexual Orientation OCD

Common Compulsions

  • Avoiding triggers that question their sexual orientation
  • Avoiding looking at attractive people that make them question their sexual orientation
  • Constantly reassuring oneself or seeking reassurance from others about their sexual orientation
  • Checking behaviors to see if they are attracted to the gender opposite of their sexual orientation
  • Checking for physical arousal
  • Watching porn to test their response
  • Having sex to “test” what gender they are attracted to
  • Avoiding having sex due to fears they will not be attracted to their partner anymore or avoiding sex due to fears of getting intrusive sexual thoughts during intimacy
  • Repressing unwanted thoughts and images
  • This needs to say- Repeating an action because of the fear it does not align with their current sexual orientation (adjusting their behavior, the way they walk, talk, or dress, etc.)

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