Being LGBT or anything having to deal with sexualoty, is not a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association (APA) says that this isn't something that is 'curable' or diagnosable. Even after many 'therapy' session, victims still report same sex attractions. If anything these camps don't make people want to change their sexual orientation, but studies show it makes them lose any sexual attraction what-so-ever; mostly out of fear of not being accepted. Since conversion therapy isn't a mainstream treatment, their are not guide lines on how to perform these sessions. These people that run the camps, make the people feel as if its because of past relationships with family or friends, in turn causing more mental disfunction due to lack of being accepted. These camps again don't work since being LGBT isn't a mental disorder.
LGBT people all share a common connection. These people have immense anxiety everyday. The worst is when they have to/or need to come out to their parents. This can lead to worse things for the person since they could be shoved away and forced to go to a camp. This will not only make the persons self confidence go down but also his/her self worth. People that go through this are proven to be more the 8 times likely to commit suicide. This is caused by the intense pressure to change that is inflicted on them to do what is 'right'. The people that survive these camps physically often leave decomposed inside, (ex. intense depression or anxiety).
The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 was introduced April 25 by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), and 70 other congressmen were in favor of the bill. This allows the practice of conversion therapy to be considered a fraud. It is now a fraud to treat someone for a disorder that does not exist. This will soon lead to the shutting down of these organizations. Some 'therapists' use electric shock treatments or induced nausea, vomiting or even paralysis when their patients had “same-sex erotic” thoughts. Other individuals were told to wear a rubber band around their wrist, snapping it whenever he or she was attracted to a member of the same sex.
A first hand witness of the torture, explains how he was bullied even before coming out. His family forced him to go to a camp since they are very strict on that. After therapy the bullying didn't stop and depression just got worse. His gay friend started bullying him too, since he didn't want his parents to become suspicious of his own feelings. His own friends turned away from him. His family understood it didn't work and shunned him away. This affected him, his family, and his friends.
Although some say conversion therapy works, it has a long track of not working, dating all the way back to the 19th century. These camps force people to fight or hate something that can't be changed, leading to more anxiety than before. A national ban was put into place after a 14 year old girl committed suicide after attending one of these camps. Since being gay can be in someone's genes, therapy if anything would only reduce urges for a short while.