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How Long?

How long can she keep calm?
How long can she keep her emotions in check?
How long can she keep her OCD in check?
How long can she not see her friends and be social?
How long can keep in control?
How long can she stay isolated?

My daughter had struggled with OCD and anxiety for most of her life. Her anxiety often presents itself in the form of anger. She has worked hard in therapy to develop strategies to calm her emotions. She has worked hard in therapy to overcome her need to wash her hands and wash her phone with exposure. And now she has to go back to cleaning and washing all the time and this is causing her anxiety which is causing her to be angry. I hope that this Covid-19 won’t set her back.

My daughter had worked hard in the gym for the last two years. It has been her outlet for her emotions and energy. And now that is no longer an option of her. She is very rigid and can’t adjust her workouts to match the social distancing necessary for this time. I hope that this Covid – 19 won’t set her back.

This is a tough time for everyone but for kids and adults like my daughter it offers new challenges. I hope I can offer her calm in the storm. A safe place.


Published by darlallama

I am a 4th grade teacher, wife, and mother!

4 thoughts on “How Long?

  1. I’m sorry that this is such a tough time for your daughter – and for you. There are definitely many needs in today’s world in addition to the virus. All need to be addressed.


  2. I so feel for you. My son also has anxiety that presents mostly as anger. He’s doing okay right now, but I fear what might happen after we are isolated for weeks and weeks.

    Lots of hugs to you.


  3. In the midst of our focus on the physical health of everyone around us, I think a lot about the impact this will have on mental health, too. Sending lots of positive vibes your way. One day at a time!


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