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Gay Oregon man says doctor tried changing his orientation

Therapist focused on sexuality, not his depression

PORTLAND, Ore. - Max Hirsh says he sensed something was not quite right when the psychiatrist focused on his failures with sports and teenage girls, as well as his deficient relationships with older men, particularly his father.

Hirsh became convinced of the psychiatrist’s rationale for those questions by the fourth session, when he essentially told the openly gay Hirsh that his true sexuality was in the closet.

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