Add Number 7---Munchausen by Internet
I came across this recently...I thought I'd share. Edited for brevity.
Marc D. Feldman, MD
, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Psychiatric Medicine, calls it "Munchausen by Internet" -- a variation of the type of psychiatric disorders that include Munchausen syndrome and Munchausen by proxy. In these disorders, people cook up or induce fictitious illnesses in themselves or others in an effort to gain sympathy.
Feldman offers some clues on how to spot them:
They make fantastic personal claims, which are later disproved or contradicted.
They describe the worsening of an illness, followed by a miraculous recovery.
They give light-hearted descriptions of serious medical problems.
They bring in "supporting players" when their audience's attention wanes. ("Now my mother's terminally ill.")
In a study published in the Southern Medical Journal, Feldman describes four cases of Internet posers. In one, a "young woman" held a support group spellbound with the tale of her struggle with cystic fibrosis. Her dream was to die on the beach. That finally happened, according to a posting from the sick woman's sister "Amy." Group members picked up on the ruse when they noticed similarities in spelling errors in postings from Amy and from the sister who was supposed to be dead.
Sorry, but I see you as falling vaguely into this category. Certainly not on all accounts...but by some.
Possibly you could seek some counseling to get yourself and your career back on track--at least to get you out of the depressive state.
Again, not an attack...just my opinion.