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How to Stop Compulsive Lying

Do you find yourself lying compulsively? Pursuing treatment for mythomania -- or pathological lying -- can help you stop this destructive behavior.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Admit it Come to terms with your compulsive lying; admitting you have a problem will help you face it head-on. Tell trusted family and friends about your issue -- they'll act as a support system as you work to stop your behavior.
  • Step 2: See a professional Make an appointment with a licensed mental health professional; diagnosing your issue is essential to determining the most effective treatment.
  • TIP: Many compulsive liars suffer from personality disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder or antisocial personality disorder.
  • Step 3: Observe yourself Practice cognitive behavioral therapy, a common treatment for other compulsive behaviors. Monitor yourself for lies; then stop and admit your untruths aloud every time you catch yourself.
  • TIP: Keep a log of when and why you're lying to understand what triggers your behavior.
  • Step 4: Consider medication Talk with your doctor about pharmacological treatment -- though no medication specifically designed to treat mythomania exists, a number of prescription drugs have been shown to help curb unwanted compulsive urges.
  • Step 5: Be persistent Stick with your treatment -- correcting any behavior you've developed over time is challenging, but with a determined attitude and the proper help, you can make a positive change in your life.
  • FACT: One study found that pathological liars had more white matter and slightly less gray matter in their brains than people who normally tell the truth.

You Will Need

  • Awareness of your problem
  • Mental health professional
  • Determination
  • Journal (optional)
  • Prescription medication (optional)

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