Esquire: Straight Men Who Are Terrified They Are Gay

Esquire‘s Nick Pope writes about “HOCD:” a not officially recognized form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder defined by the fear of being or becoming homosexual.

Avi Joseph, an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist  tells Pope that while HOCD isn’t officially classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – the irrational fear of being or becoming gay falls firmly within the umbrella of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

“Someone will tell me that they were walking down the street and saw a guy, and thought: ‘Oh, he’s really good looking.’ But then they think: ‘oh my God, I’ve just noticed a guy and thought he was good looking. Does that mean…'”

According to Joseph, it’s at such innocuous beginnings that a self-perpetuating and all-consuming obsession with sexual identity can begin.