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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