Saturday, December 15, 2007

Homosexual Anxiety Disorder

I have posted about Homosexual Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the past. Although not a formal diagnosis in psychology, there are a growing number of straight men who suffer from this disorder.

I found an excellent resource outlining it at http://www.neuroticplanet.com/hocd.php.

Homosexuality Anxiety

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Takes Many Forms



Obsessive-compulsive
disorder
involves intrusive thoughts that are unwanted and distressing to
the individual. Sometimes these thoughts take the form of persistent notions
about having a different sexual orientation. For example, a person who has had
many years of satisfied, opposite sex relationships might suddenly start to
worry that he or she is actually homosexual. Some people who have this
manifestation of OCD have taken to calling this "HOCD" or "Homosexual OCD."
HOCD is not a scientific term, but has evolved out of the OCD community as a way
to describe the distress caused by anxieties over unwanted thoughts about being
gay.
Clinicians, educators, and people with HOCD can use the table below to
better understand differences between the experience of someone with HOCD and
the experience of someone with a homosexual sexual identity. Note that this is
not a clinical screening instrument as it has not been validated for use in this
manner, and not all items will apply to every person. Furthermore, the second
column applies to a relatively well-adjusted gay person. A homosexual person
with severe internalized homophobia may not be well represented in either
category.




To read the table they created to outline the difference between a Homosexual Orientation and Homosexual Anxiety OCD go to NeuroticPlanet.com

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Anonymous said...

there is actually a formal diagnosis for this kind of disorder, it would be obsessive compulsive disorder (sexual obsessions) its a very common form of pure obsessional or pure "o" ocd, it can have physical compulsions, testing and what not, i suggest you read the dsm-IV or talk to a psychologist before making statements that this isn't a formal disorder.

Anonymous said...

there is actually a formal diagnosis for this kind of disorder, it would be obsessive compulsive disorder (sexual obsessions) its a very common form of pure obsessional or pure "o" ocd, it can have physical compulsions, testing and what not, i suggest you read the dsm-IV or talk to a psychologist before making statements that this isn't a formal disorder.

Joe Kort said...

Hi Annonymous,

Of course there is a formal diagnsis of OCD in the DSM.

I would like to refer you to search through the other parts of this blog where it is clear that OCD is a formal diagnosis in the DSM and that Homosexual OCD--while not a formal diagnosis--is very real for its sufferers. There is an academic article done by a PhD student which you can find under HOCD at www.straightguise.com which the clinician gave me permission to post.

Warmly,

Joe Kort

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