A 35-year-old member asked:
is there something wrong with me if i keep having thoughts of torture and murder?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you enjoy the : Thoughts you may be somewhat sadistic. If the thoughts are upsetting to you - it may be part of an obsessive compulsive disorder. There are other possible reasons as well. Have you considered getting a psychiatric evaluation to have this checked out?
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Torture, etc: I agree with dr. Fowler that psychiatric assessment may help answer your question. Having such thoughts recurrently probably does indicate imbalance towards pain and suffering, and a need for help. I'll also say that as a homeopathic psychiatrist i've seen many people who have such thoughts -- and they may be part of complex illnesses which can be helped. Some of these are survivors of abuse.
Pathology 44 years experience
The banality of evil: My two favorite psychiatrists have given good counsel. As a pathologist very familiar with violence and homicide, the phrase from the eichmann trial almost always comes to mind. Today, an 18 year old kid has seen thousands of murders and other violent acts in the media. This year, why not resolve to remove this kind of thing from your milieu and your thoughts and be a true man of peace ; love?
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