Hello I have some problems with obsessions since I was young. Now I am 19 years old and I have a crisis. My obsessions vary since have all right to murder and suicide. I recognize these thoughts as not mine and I don't want to kill or die, but I have the compulsion to do some actions, like pick up a knife and ask me if I want really die or kill or go into someone and think that I will strangle him. I have anxiety if I don't do that but I got even more anxious if I do. After that, I ritualize in order to not repeat these processes, but sometimes I can´t. I would like to know if an OCD person can be a murderer or if this is really OCD.
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