Hi, I am a 17 year old male, soon enough 18 and to be frank, I have never had a proper friend never mind a girlfriend both of which I want. I fear I have lost almost all social skills I have, or maybe I never had them; either way I find it extremely hard just to talk to people, I have not really a phobia of people, more of not knowing what to say every time I attempt to talk to someone I always say something stupid and weird. Is there anyway how I can learn to develop social skills ? I tried to contact old "friend" out of desperation to make social links again to find I was abandoned straight away, this man was my only friend until he sexually assaulted me. I seriously do not know what to do, I just can't trust anyone anymore, those that I trusted betrayed me, I grew up as a loner fighting off people that would attack me daily and I am almost considering taking the coward's way out. I am also scared of all psychical reaction thanks a lot to my old "friend" and the amount of abuse I got in school. I am sick of my looks, even looking at people scares them why must i be considered a monster? I am becoming extremely mentally depressed, as I look at other people I just make a swift judgment that they are bad people due to their vocabulary, dress, even if they look attractive. To top it all off, I have had a unrequited love in which I have not recovered in after a year, I never even psychically touched her which makes me feel even more pathetic. I have sought help in my town however they say there is nothing they can do, maybe they think I'm a lost cause as I cannot even socially react to people is there anything i can do?