This request came to me via the internet from a Pakistani medical graduate. An interesting mix of "symptoms," although I hesitate to apply DSM labels in assessing someone from such an alien culture. I would appreciate listmembers' responses (and will forward them, as appropriate, to the writer): "Dear sir,
I got your address from the internet.I would like to give a brief history and would be grateful if u could give me your suggestions before I can decide on what to do.I
am sorry for taking your valuable time but your help may change my life.I am a 36 year old male,a medical graduate and at present I am unimployed.I strated my
own business about 5 years back but shut down the operation due to bad business conditions in Pakistan.
I am depressed and life has come to a stand still for me.I am very unsure of my self and have mood swings quite often but I am not violant ,infact I am afraid of 90%
of people.I feel inferior to everyone and cannot have an eye contact for more than 10-15 seconds after which I turn away my eyes.The eye contact is always in the
form of a stare.This problem started in 1985 during my first professional examinations.As far as I remember I had a breakdown during that period.This eye contact
problem initially happened only when I talked to a female and my gaze would fall on her bare parts unintentionally, such as uncovered neckline or arms or legs and
it became difficult to have an eye contact as my concentration was onto the fact that I should not embarass the female or myself,so I turned away my eyes.It is
ofcourse embarassing to look at the necklines and arms of females every time I talk to them.Although the direction of my eyes is towards the eyes of the other
I would be grateful if u can help.Thanking u in anticipation."
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