Hi. First of all, I am glad that I run into such forum, as I hope it can help me get different perspectives of life. I am from Ethiopia (ya) and 24-years-old guy who is so desperate for finally having a relationship after not so great childhood and even campus years. I am graduated a couple of years ago, and currently working in as a computer programmer (you might say like, ya, geek .. but I am so lazy to even finish my works in schedule (that's another problem which might call for another forum, so I am going to spare you the details)). Anyways I am very much intimidated by girls since like I remember .. I attend in a very strict Catholic school until 6th Grade, and they have separate surroundings for different genders. So it was all new to me once I've got to understand the all attraction thing when its like too late. Now I have a lot of platonic girl friends, but either I couldn't make the leap to be more than friends or they are uninterested in that aspect of me, I left all alone by myself. Besides that, I shake a little bit (or a lot, some might say) with being nervous in situations and sweating nonstop, which I must say played its part for the aforementioned problem. I am always anxious about every little details, and I think I also have OCD since I feel like I am gonna die or something if I am not doing some things in certain ways.
So I recently go to a psychiatrist (which is a hard thing to do here by itself) and she prescribed me a 50mg Sertraline right away. Now I am freaking out after searching the side effects in the internet, although I am getting better day by day, and hopefully discussions here will change my life for better. Thanks.