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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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 37 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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