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I Can't Tell a Lie

My Father died when I was just 15 from a heart attack. The reason why he died is because he lied about taking his heart medication in order to allow my mother to get to church on time. He was driving at the time and a few minutes after the lie, he had a massive heart attack and swerved into oncoming traffic killing both he and my Mother. I spent nearly two weeks in the hospital, but eventually recovered almost 100%. Ever since this incident nearly 30 years ago, I've not been able to knowingly tell a lie. I can be sarcastic and jokingly tell stories, but never an outright lie. I've been in denial about this problem for a long time, but just recently it's become somewhat of an issue at home. Can you tell me if there is any clinical term for my condition, and if so, what kind of treatment would you suggest. Thank you for your help.

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