I'll keep the background brief and to the point. I'm 19 years old and have been almost completely isolated from social experiences for the past 3 years due to a mixture of SA, depression and traumatic experiences. I'm currently in therapy, and I am beginning to be able to picture myself going back into society. But the big question is how do I account for 3+ years with minimal social contact?
There are only 3 situations that could leave somebody my age in this predicament--prison, medical problems or mental illness. Depressing, isn't it? Everybody else has been on the outside living their lives while I've been in agony. It's not fair, and it's incredibly painful to think about.
I know that I don't have to share this with anybody, or explain anything. What bothers me is that I haven't experienced a lot of basic social experiences especially regarding dating/romantic relationships. And most of my previous social experiences have been negative, so I don't have much to go upon.
Not a lot of people understand what it's like to be truly lonely and alienated from society. Or what would keep a perfectly able-bodied young person from interacting with the outside world. I feel like it's going to be a really difficult transition into the outside.