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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. Others question their sexual orientation (HOCD).
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.