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I've been in therapy on & off for about 20yrs, mainly to do with the effects of what was finally diagnosed as what is now called "bi-polar disorder", but in the meantime, there was plenty of self-medication. I think I've been lucky to have mainly good therapists & some of it has been in a group setting, with people who had self-medication problems also. These stemmed from all sorts of issues such as, eating disorders, simple low self-esteem, full-on incipient schizophrenia, bizarre OCDs, etc. The common root however was OCD. Each of us just couldn't stop doing what we did, even tho many of us knew full well it was harming us. There were also a fair few who had been abused as kids.
Is there any behavior I should look for, from my brother, that might be a "red flag"
I mean seriously, only pedophiles will take an interest and d/l this document.