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Strong Impulses to Hurt People

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I’m 12 years old and I’ve had these strong impulses to hurt people. I often envision myself hurting people im with, see, or just when im alone. Its not just strong impulses to hurt people but also to do random things such as smash things, punch, rip, or stab (like a knife in a wall). I have ADHD so i dont know if the two relate. But when i get these strong impulses my hands/ fingers tense up and twitch so does my head. Also my eyes get narrow and I stare. (From the USA)

Strong Impulses to Hurt People

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  Thank you for asking. I think it is a good thing that you have been able to control acting on these impulses and I am very glad you have written us here. I am sorry you are having these reactions and think it would be important for you to talk to your mom and dad about these symptoms. Many things may be causing them, and there are professional people who can help figure out what’s going on and what to do about it.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Strong Impulses to Hurt People

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Strong Impulses to Hurt People. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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