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You may feel self-conscious and worried what people think about your scars particularly when, for example, you are with people you don't know well, or when in an intimate relationship. At these times you may feel anxious, embarrassed and find it hard to speak to others with confidence .You may also start avoiding situations and start worrying about getting physically close to someone. You are not alone with these feelings and for many people with scars it takes time to develop a trusting relationship in which you feel you can share your feelings and be physically intimate. How you feel, behave and think about yourself is really important because it affects the way you cope with the scars and also how you come across to others. There are many ways to overcome these issues, including looking at the really useful advice on the Changing Faces website and by speaking to the psychologists in the burn services. The first step is to share how you feel with a trusted adult or close friend and remembering that many people feel the same way as you do and manage to lead healthy and confident lives.