We all have our secret shames. Guilty little skeletons in the closet that we would never dare to confess to even our closest friends. Well, not when sober, at least.

The great thing about the internet is its anonymity. Behind the protection of a screen, people can feel liberated to say things they never would in face-to-face conversation, and really say what they mean. Of course, it goes both ways and this can also lead to all kinds of bullying and abuse, but that's for another post.

This post is all about getting it off your chest and owning up to past wrongs. While confessing anonymously to randoms on the internet is hardly taking responsibility for one's actions, the very act of confession can alleviate feelings of guilt and help people to get on with their lives. From the hilariously trivial to the actually quite profound, these confessions will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, and might even make you reflect on your own past transgressions.

So scroll down below to check out the sordid details for yourself, and let the therapy begin!

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

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According to an article in Scientific American, any type of open and truthful disclosure reduces stress and helps individuals come to terms with their behavior. "It is not coincidental that some of the most powerful people or institutions in many cultures encourage people to confess their transgressions," they write. "And there is very strong evidence that writing about upsetting experiences or dark secrets can benefit your mental and physical well-being."

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Chicken Pox
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1 year ago

I would do the same. Smart move.

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Michelle Muirhead
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1 year ago

Yes, poor souls, I feel the same way too.

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"First, simply putting emotional turmoil into words changes how we think about it. Giving concrete form to secret experiences can help categorize them in new ways. For instance, when we translate emotional experiences into words and stories, we start to think about them in a simpler, less menacing context. There is no solid evidence to explain this phenomenon, but it most likely occurs because talking or writing about a disturbing event helps us understand it better. And things we do not understand cause greater anxiety."

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Lucky!!

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RavenPuffPanda
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1 year ago

Thats me.

tuzdayschild
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1 year ago

Don't hide it. Talk to someone. People care about you.

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Chris Watson
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1 year ago

All of us that suffer from depression, do the same thing.

Steve Barnett
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1 year ago

yep, with you on that

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W. 5
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1 year ago

My doctor calls it "Smiling Depression".

Daria Z
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1 year ago

Same. I keep hoping I will fool myself too one day.

Débora Gualberto
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1 year ago

Can relate

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Christy Smith
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1 year ago

This is terrifying, I worked with a girl who was always 'super happy', she committed suicide 3 days before her wedding. I've been suicidal on & off for 20 years, but going through the pain of losing someone I very much liked has kept me from doing something stupid. Ppl don't really recoup from that pain that's left behind, and I hope you know how devastating your death would be for your family and friends OP. Please see a Dr. about maybe getting on a Rx to help with the symptoms and maybe therapy. Please.

Fumps
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1 year ago

I did that for most of my life, I took a risk and told my closest friends and they were amazing and offered their total support. Don't be afraid to be who you are, no one is perfect. Be proud of your faults, they make you human.

Octavia Hansen
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1 year ago

Maybe a life in the theatre is what you really seek. A new face, a different role. You could be the greatest actor there ever was . . .

反社会的
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1 year ago

Why are people downvoting this? It's actually a really interesting concept.

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Blue Cicada
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1 year ago

I always inform my doctors that my affect is very happy and bubbly and outgoing, but I am managing strong anxiety and a chronic, deep depression. Only those close to me really see it.

Carmen
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1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this, Blue.

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Debster
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1 year ago

I know that!!

Shawn
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1 year ago (edited)

Right! Sad high five well more of a low five.. wooo

Id row
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1 year ago

Robin Williams?

Dani
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1 year ago

This is actually just really sad :(

Richard Portman
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1 year ago

I like that song "I Second That Emotion". I think by Smokey Robinson.

LaMyrth
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1 year ago

I know that kind of people too.. I am -on the other hand- the most depressing person alive when depressed..

Bunzilla
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1 year ago

The issue for a lot of people with depression is that they know it's not going to just go away. So they don't want to feel like they're burdening their family and friends with their problem. I'm the same...

Jackie Nettleton
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7 months ago

I want to hug you

Hannah Marshall
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1 year ago

The struggle is real.

Aneese
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1 year ago

Depressed people make the best actors and actresses. We hide our true emotions and act new ones. So good at it, no one knows or even suspects deep inside we are nearly suicidal. Fake you out, buddy. I am not happy, I am not laid-back, I am not chill. I am not 'blessed with a great life". What I am is darkly sad, lonesome, anxious, suicidal, hopeless, dead inside. Give me that damn Oscar.

sharron lynn parsons
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1 year ago

Likely, many people do this !!!

Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

me too

Lisa Pockat Bork
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1 year ago

That is incredibly sad :'(

Barbara Baldwin
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1 year ago

Robin Williams, is that you?

Valerie Anne
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1 year ago

Been there. Still sometimes come back to visit

Steve Cruz
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1 year ago

So has just about everyone in a bar at closing on a weeknight.

Sandra Mason
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1 year ago

somehow I find it easier to fake happy than show my depression.

First On - Ana Miranda
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1 year ago

Oh... But they would LOVE you the same way, or even more, if you told them or asked them for help. Trust me. That day maybe you could feel your smile at your heart.

j b milam
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1 year ago

i know. i can't tell you how i know, but if you find friends and you're honest about the depression, they will help you and support you. none of us can do everything by ourselves. reach out and you will find others suffer as you do and you can help each other.

Marnie
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1 year ago

It's super fun handling the "How was your weekend!" questions at work after your foster son, brother, mother, father, or best friend has just died. Or when your son's friend just killed himself. The last 10 years have been SUPER fun at work for me, let me tell you!

Kelly
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1 year ago

Same here.

Serethine Daselle
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1 year ago

So true. That's why whenever people thinks I have a problem, they think I am too brave to face it. But inside, I'm slowly breaking.

UndyingBisexual
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1 year ago

Me too. I turn it into a joke and laugh the symptoms away ^u^

Barbara Hiller
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1 year ago (edited)

same here, same there.' but beeing bubbly and funny and smiliing does not only hide it from people (mostly those who don't have no business in my private life like work mates) it also is an active way of coping. Dwelling in the gloom never helped me in anyway. Being sunny sunshine on the other hand has the inherent chance of lifting my spirit and getting me to see and apreciate good stuff, finding some hope. With psychotherapy and al lot of work on myself I learned to share my darkness, but only with professionals and really close friends. The problem of sharing your depression is: a) you get jugded b) the burden is too heavy for most people, so they try to cheer you up and if you don't , they are disappointed in you and leave you. c) sensitive people can be pulled down by my darkness and I don't want anyone else to suffer because of me. d) nobody can really help, not friends, not lovers, not professionals. I am working on my mental health since over 30 years and no therapist, social worker or whatever could ever do something that helped. Of course, sharing via telling the burden is a little relief, but besides that, just nope. My last therapist just kind of shrugged his shoulders when I asked what to do about the severe anxiety and panic attacs I was having daily and nightly over months. I just had to endure them. So: in the end, there is no good in sharing your depressed self. You maybe feel a little relief about not keeping it secret, but besides, it is the same helplessness. So, I rather engage in things and behaviours that make me feel good, like jokes, puns, a little bit of comedy, helping others, trying to cheer up, feeding the crows on my way to work, playing with my kitties a.s.o.

Zelda Blue
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1 year ago

I used to be this way. Now I wear that depression like an overcoat so people know that its real and will stop judging me when I am not Miss Mary Sunshine everyday.

Winston
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1 year ago

A skill is still a skill Ps chin up everyone. Excuse me while I cry

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

Same! Everyone thinks I've totally got my life together. I don't. Not even a little bit.

Laura Ave
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1 year ago

so me

Diane Patrick
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1 year ago

Keep hiding it. Don’t tell anyone. They don’t understand and will ridicule you and make you feel worse. I know. I have chronic major depression.

Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

I tell people straight out how I'm feeling. Hiding things makes me feel worse.

RavenPuffPanda
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1 year ago

I am the exact oppisite of you. if nobody knows about me being sad nobody rushes up to me and says " Are you alright?! Who did this to you?" But its my loved ones who did it to me. And I don't want them to get in trouble. So I just cry, and come out of my room, a happy person with lots of secrets.

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ゾーイドレーガー
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1 year ago

same..

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago (edited)

i'm not very good at hiding it, plus i have generalized anxiety. dear husband and his parents all want me locked up

misteriosa
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1 year ago

So true.

NanZ
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1 year ago

My family and friends think the same thing about me. They have no idea how I really feel inside.

Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

Same. Only my partner and maybe 3 friends will ever know.

Unicornstar
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1 year ago

That's me too. I spend all my time wishing I was dead. Whenever I hear of someone who's just died all I can think of Is I wish that was me.

pilipe
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1 year ago

I do the same. Each morning I hope I will be in an accident and die. But that never hapens :(

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Patrick McKemie
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1 year ago

I'm so good, my doctor mistakes it for hypomania!

Ellie
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1 year ago

I feel the same way... and since my childhood friends who know the depressive person I am are no longer my friends. No one truly knows what a sad and depressed person I am inside.

反社会的
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1 year ago

If you need to talk or vent, feel free to email me ♥︎

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Midnight Dream
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1 year ago

Sayori intensifies

反社会的
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1 year ago

i just wheezed

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"Dozens of studies have also shown that expressive writing is linked to less stress and improved sleep and cardiovascular function. We know that better sleep is associated with enhanced immune function and better general health—which correlate with better mental health, too."

"Expressive writing and religious confession are not panaceas, but these forms of release can help us get through difficult times. The beauty is that you do not have to be religious to benefit from confession. The underlying mechanisms are available to anyone for the price of a pencil and paper."

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

If they're alone (ie not playing music for a group of people) and they don't have a hearing problem, then most (MOST) of the time they actually are.

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Tell me about it.. My baby is dying right now from bone cancer. It hurts so bad and idk how I'm gonna get along after she's gone.

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So there you go. Got any guilty secrets you've been holding on to? Try writing about them, and allow yourself to properly express your emotions. It is clearly a great benefit to both your mental and physical health!

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Debster
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1 year ago

I can understand that. We all need alone time.

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Shawn
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1 year ago

I love my dog more than anyone else in this world

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

sounds fun

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

Same!! But I'm playing with my cat! ^_^

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Mental health is important.

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Preach!

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Actually, this is smart.

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CookieActually
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1 year ago

😂 😂 😂

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Octavia Hansen
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1 year ago

Maybe they weren't good to her and she ran away. Maybe you're doing her a favor. Maybe they'll get another and the one you have will never be claimed. You can live forever on "what if's" -- give the cat a good home and give yourself a clear conscience . . .

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

normal

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Krishna Vishwas
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1 year ago

May b it's right for her. Having kid so early is never been good. Kids are gift of god.. i agree but being a kid who is having a kid is never been a right choice.

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lilly nyangweso
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1 year ago

Wait...

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Marika
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1 year ago

if you are feminist then you know you can do whatever you want

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Lmao!!

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

I'm really sorry but this made me laugh.

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

same bro

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Poor doggo. u haz mai sympathy.

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CookieActually
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1 year ago

Literally me... 😂

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

that's sad

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1 year ago

teach me how, please

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