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had homosexual thoughts and got erect/aroused past couple of days. normally heterosexual. is this a sign of a health issue or illness?

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Norma: Don't obsess over it seek counseling if it troubles you

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A 17-year-old male asked:

Had homosexual thoughts and got erect/aroused past couple of days. Normally heterosexual. Is this a sign of a health issue or serious illness? Anxious

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
No: This can be a normal phenomenon of adolescence as you learn to identify your sexual orientation. Many teens have similar thoughts. You indicate that you have a generalized anxiety disorder. Obsessive fears about sexual orientation can be a manifestation of OCD. Please make an appointment to discuss this possibility with your physician if you are unable stop thinking about it.

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