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Maebe1
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I'm not sure if this is the right section, but I guess it falls into the "soul" category so I'll throw it out there.

I was wondering if anyone out there has dealt with excessive guilt? It started for me when I was a little kid. Around Christmas time I would start confessing everything I had done that year that I felt was wrong (which for an 8 year old didn't amount to much). It wasn't so much a "Santa won't bring me any presents" thing so much as it was (and is) a time of year where my family always comes together and really enjoys and appreciates each other and I felt like I didn't deserve it if I hadn't been perfect.

I eventually grew out of it, but in the past few years it's crept back into my life again. I am constantly dealing with guilt over my inperfectionism and sometimes things I haven't even done. Most recently, I saw a photo on the internet of a poor animal being mistreated. There is obviously no way to source the photo or even know when/where it came from. But I feel guilty like I should be trying to find it or go to the police or something. Which logically I know isn't possible.

I feel so much for everything. I just don't know how to handle it but I'm tired of feeling guilty all of the time.

Does anyone else experience this? I'd appreciate any advice you have.

Thanks [Smile]

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Stephanie_1
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Hey MaeBe1: I'm sorry to hear you're struggling right now. Have you talked with anyone about these feelings of guilt? Like a counselor? If not, would it be something you may consider? Sometimes when we're dealing with our own feelings about things it can be really difficult to work through them on our own,so some form of in-person support can be a great tool in the battle.

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Maebe1
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Thanks Stephanie_1. I've actually talked it through with my boyfriend and am feeling a lot better. It helped to write it out last night too. Sometimes its easier to get perspective when its all out in the open. Thanks a lot for the advice [Smile]
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You're welcome [Smile]

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