Don't understand people
July 13, 2011 7:14 AM Subscribe
I have a weird brain that needs fixing. Any recommendations for NHS advice/private psychiatric recommendations in London?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I don't get people.
The only person I've ever been able to make a real connection with is my wife, but even she is starting to get fed up with me.
I breezed through school, uni and my career as I was lucky to get fantastic "book smarts" in both humanities and sciences. I have always tried to be nice, humble and extremely friendly but nobody seems to want to be friends back.
I've tried eliminating standard issues (halitosis, bad body language etc) and apparently come across great when presenting, in front of clients and on tv/radio, but there's just something wrong that means in my lifetime I've been invited to 7 parties, 2 lunches, 2 after-work drinks and a coffee. I've tried inviting plenty of people from my side and it always seems to go well, but no reciprocation.
I don't know what's wrong and its making me extremely depressed as I've tried to fix it for years and failed. Everyone else seems to have at least a couple of decent friends/a support network outside of their family. This depression has affected all parts of my life and I now do my job on auto-pilot and can't organise even the simplest of things in my personal life. I was always ok with not having friends, although I worked at it, but I am most depressed in how its been affecting my wife who I love dearly as she was extremely popular/social when we met (she's not from the UK), but I have dragged her down into social oblivion as she hasn't been able to make any friends since coming here and I don't know how to fix anything.
I definitely need professional help, but I don't know what type or where exactly to go. I'm thinking a top notch psychiatrist would be good to try and sort out the tangle that is my brain, but have no idea where to look, hence recommendations of who to find on NHS or private (have health insurance) would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance,