Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

An anxiety disorder in which individuals obtain unwanted and repeated thoughts, behaviors, ideas, and obsessions that make them feel driven to do compulsions.

Myth
There's no such thing as HOCD (homosexual OCD) or gay OCD.
Fact
People with OCD may obsess about any number of problems, including sexual matters. Sexual orientation is an important part a person's identity, and thus is vulnerable as a target for the OCD. It is sometimes called HOCD or SO-OCD, and has been described in the scientific research literature.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can start at any age.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder afflicts about two percent of the population.
Evidence suggests that OCD runs in some families and may be genetically inherited.
OCD can’t be diagnosed using a blood-test or x-ray. Diagnosis is done by a trained mental health professional such as psychiatrist or psychologist using diagnostic criteria and clinical experience. The symptoms of OCD can resemble other illnesses so it is important to seek professional help.

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