Hello, I am new here, and thought it might be helpful, if nothing else than just to get this off my chest. For the past few years I have been randomly telling lies, and it is starting to get worse. I am a normal, healthy young woman, well educated, job, etc. But I'll be with friends and just make up a story that didn't happen. Like, I'll say I saw a car accident on my way to work. Or, that somebody spilled coffee on me yesterday. Small, random things like that, for no reason at all. And then, I've started telling bigger lies. For example, I told a friend that I'd had an abusive ex-boyfriend in the past (not true at all). And what really scared me is that yesterday I told a co-worker I'd had cancer when I was younger. Several people very close to me have died of cancer, and for me to make up something like that, just horrifies me. But I couldn't help it. I know when I am telling a lie, but I can't stop it. Sometimes it gets to where I almost believe my own lies; for example, even when I'm by myself I'll avoid the intersection where I supposedly saw an accident. Why on earth am I doing this? I've never told a lie that would hurt anybody, but I'm afraid if this keeps going on it might escalate and ruin friendships and relationships. How can I stop??