How do I avoid feeling isolated?
I myself have social anxiety disorder; I am not medicated and am not in therapy. My father also has an anti-social disorder and many people with mental illness in my family. Despite the mental illness I also grew up with many siblings and we were all pretty well connected. We were able to talk, play, and share our feelings with each other (even though sometimes it was in screams with mostly girls).
Now here is where I need advice. I sometimes feel like I'm living in a house with two robots that are programmed to respond. I get an emotions from them only when they are over whelmed. Otherwise everyday life can continue between DH and I with out really saying anything besides asking what is being made for dinner. I often feel like we are just coexisting and the only time I can get a connection with him is during "private time."
I am having a very hard time with this because of my social anxiety. It is extremely difficult for me to go else where for the connection I need. I have a few close friends who have jobs and kids of there own and now live about 30 minutes away so it is very hard to see each other. My family is even farther. I do not know how to explain to my husband that I need something that I extremely difficult for him to provide, especially since he was never taught the tools he needs to connect well.