Hi all. I'm trying to find out what to do with my impostor syndrome (if that's what it is). I'll describe my story below. I think that I was a rather bright kid, reading tons of books since I was 4. Pretty happy when I was little. However, at some stage my parents started arguing, considering a divorce or separation, plus there were other issues like alcohol abuse and (limited, mostly verbal) aggression at home. So, I've spent the next 10 years trying to keep the family together - running away from home, putting myself in trouble to bring parents together, etc. When I was in high school, anxiety disorder hit me with full strength. I had problems breathing, panic attacks, fear of losing it, and so on. This extended to the first year of university studies, which I failed and had to restart from scratch. I was unable to attend the lectures because of anxiety issues, so I tried to get professional help. The psychiatrist told me that I'm fine when it comes to mental health, so no meds for me, but I should try therapy. I didn't do that, but I met a girl and have put myself together, at least for a few years. I always was 'ambitious' - in the sense of what I want to achieve, but my grades (I studied math) weren't great. I suppose that was because I probably have a mild form of OCD, that is, I can't just go through the lectures to prepare myself for the exam. When I find something I don't understand I just have to start digging deeper, so I was able to read at most half of the lectures before any exam, before I sunk into side research. Still, despite the GPA approximately equal to 3 there were people that claimed that I should go for PhD. I didn't do that, but went to work and concurrently did BSc in computer science at average (but not bad) school. Fast-forward to today: I'm 40 and I finally got my PhD in CS. My non-academic career is not relevant: mostly teaching jobs. I keep hearing nice things about myself and the bright future that I might have. However, there are so many talented people 10+ years younger around me! Many of them were trained in math and cs since a kid, took part in math/cs competitions, etc. I missed all that as a kid. I know that it's silly, but I keep going through a sort of retroanalysis to find out whether I was good enough to join their ranks if my life looked different or not. Well, I'm 40, which is supposed to be mature, and I'm still frozen in time as a 12 years old kid that wanted to build the true artifical intelligence. I don't really want to let go of that kid... Also, feeling like a fraud, I'm compulsively going through online masters, etc., to change my career in order not to be the worst loser around. Can anyone relate to this? I'm thinking about therapy, although this might be a bit late. Also, thanks - I wanted to tell my story, I thought that this might be a good place for this. Sorry if I was wrong.