POCD & TABOO SEXUAL THOUGHTS
POCD involves the irrational fear that one might be a pedophile, despite no
evidence. Other sexual OCD sufferers experience upsetting obsessions about inappropriate sexual relationships, such
as family members, married people, animals, rape, the dead, or a divine entity. They fear they'll become a pedophile, rapist,
molester, adulterer, promiscuous, pornographer, paraphiliac, fetishistic, or deviant.
Sexual OCD sufferers constantly test their arousal level to these targets hoping
to reassure themselves that they're normal. They review past situations to determine whether a completely ordinary interaction
might mysteriously have resulted in sexual contact, STD, or even pregnancy. Some fear that while drunk at a social or
work gathering they were recklessly intimate with their boss, boss's spouse, best friend's girlfriend or boyfriend, or in-law
and have amnesia about it. They keep monitoring coworkers and friends after the event for hints of possible acknowledgement
of their indiscretion.
People who worry they've done something illegal,
such as rape, molestation, or child pornography, check TV and newspapers for reports of their imagined crime. Others
worry they will become deviant in the future. Email a question to Dr. Brodsky for a free consultation within 24 hours to see whether you're suffering
with this. Or make an appointment online now or by calling 212-726-2390.