Understanding Experiences of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Related to Sexuality, Gender, and Relationships

Elvis Coimbra Gomes is a PhD student in linguistics at Queen Mary University of London who is conducting an online study about the types of OCD that are related to sexuality, gender and relationships.

Here is a description of his study:

Online Study (Forum) about OCD related to sexuality, gender and relationships

Elvis writes : ‘It is known that there are types of OCD that produce an endless doubt about sufferers’ sexual identity (Homosexual OCD or Sexual Orientation OCD) and romantic relationships (Relationship OCD). While these two types have been researched for the last 10 years, they have mainly focused on heterosexual sufferers who obsessively fear to become gay or to be in the wrong relationship. It is known from existing online forums that there are LGBTQ+ sufferers who obsessively fear of not being LGBTQ+. In addition, there are some cases where cisgender people obsess about being transgender (Transgender OCD), which researchers have relatively ignored. 

The research project will fill this gap. It will be inclusive of LGBTQ+ sufferers who experience pathological doubts about their sexual or gender identity, or relationships, in order to account for the various manifestations of OCD. In addition, it seeks to explore sufferers use language in order to make sense of their mental health and identity.’

To be eligible for this study, you need to be at least 18 years. You also need to experience (or have experienced) the mentioned intrusive thoughts and be willing to share your experience in English with like-minded people in this closed online forum: https://forum.flexmr.net/oa/a4531c (no search engine can find it). Anybody from any sexual orientation, ethnicity, and faith is welcome to be part of this community. You can even create a profile to only read other participants’ messages, if you want to.

If you have any questions, you can always contact (anonymously, if you wish):

Elvis Coimbra Gomes (me): e.coimbragomes@qmul.ac.uk

PS Please read the Information Sheet (which is also available on the first page of the forum) before registering.