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Your quarantine life is my every day, Anonymous (20)

I just finished my sophomore year in college. I go to a wonderful school with amazing people, resources, and experiences. However, I haven’t been able to experience any of that for myself, because my parents don’t trust me for normal teenager things I did in high school and are forcing me to live with my mom in college. They’re controlling and emotionally abusive and do things like constantly check my location, go through my emails and texts/calls, and don’t give me any level of privacy. They don’t even let me sleep alone at night, I have to share a bed with my mom. I’m 20 years old... This has led to depression, anxiety, and paranoia causing me to have panic attacks, extreme trouble sleeping, issues with over-/under-eating, and frequent stress headaches with nausea. Due to the excessive control, my parents have been exerting on me, I haven’t been able to make any friends and haven’t been able to hang out with people or go anywhere at all. Now with quarantine, everyone is going crazy stuck at home but this is what my life has been like for the past two years. I hope my story helps anyone who’s struggling with quarantine or family issues. Although I feel quite alone in my experience, I know I’m not the only person with strict parents.

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Sep 12, 2020

Thank you for sharing this personal story. As you said, although your situation might be unique, I'm sure that many people can relate to struggling with family issues, particularly during quarantine. I know that having strict parents can feel like your family doesn't trust you, which doesn't feel fair. I encourage you to look for small opportunities to escape when you can. Try going for a short walk around the neighborhood. Hopefully your parents would give you the freedom to do this, and any short break from the tough reality you're facing could be helpful. Keep your head high, and try to stay as positive as you can during this difficult time. I'm so sorry that you have to deal…

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