I am so glad I found this site. And before I get perfectionistic and "never get around" to composing an articulate, witty, stunning introduction email, I am going to take the advice I've read here so far and just do it.
I am 38 years old and have been (not) writing my PhD dissertation for about 8 years -- and totally panicking. Procrastination shadowed my early life. In later years it seems to have swallowed it.
Like many others, I got by on adrenaline and classes that allowed me to make it all up with one paper or exam -- and by going to a college that let me pretty much take whatever I wanted (Brown). Result: looked good on paper, was totally incapable (or felt incapable) of actually finishing projects, following through and even imagining the life I was meant to live.
I am in other 12-Step programs, but finding this site today has been . . . really relieving. I feel like I belong here in a profound way. I'm feeling really defeated by all attempts to do this "on my own" and it's really comforting to come here and read what you all have written.
Also, to whomever started this site: Thank you! What great service.
Looking forward to "seeing" you all here.