Our expert says:
Hi ! Nice to hear from a real gentleman, a breed that sometimes seems to be dying out. From the sound of it, I would think that a psychologist could be of more use to you than a psychiatrist ( as they tend to look too much towards drugs for solutions ) - you may be describing a degree of social anxiety disorder, which generally responds very well to CBT style counselling / therapy, and though some medications can also help, I would prefer to see them used in combination with CBT rather than instead of it.
Your concerns, as you express them, apparently focus mainly on forming relationships with girls, but you don't mention strong and sustaining friendships with men, either, so the problem may be broader, even if the particular illustrations of it may seem more specific.
Amd the psychiatrist you spoke to made sense in another way. Sometimes it's harder to form the sort of relationship[s you want, by aiming too narrowly on emotional and close relations, and it can be moore helpful to start off by aiming at more superficial friendships, to become more comfortable about being with women of all ages, and spending time together with various aims, rather than focussing only on dating. Joining social, political, charitable, sporting, hobby-related groups, can help in this way.
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