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Why do I think people are watching me on hidden cameras all the time?
Ever since I was around 5 years old I’ve thought that people are watching me, not just people I know but celebs, doctors and random people too. I ignored it as a child but as I’m getting older it’s getting worse. I keep thinking that I’m an experiment of some kind, and people are watching and studying me. Its like my life is like big brother or something. Please help me I don’t know what’s wrong. I don’t feel real.

I Think People Are Watching Me

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It sounds like this is a burdensome feeling to have. There can be a variety of reasons causing it, and I believe the best way to start sorting through it is to go for some counseling.

Wanting to feel special and important is not uncommon and can often evolve when these needs have not been adequately met. But it seems like this situation has evolved to the point where it is causing distress. I think talking to a counselor can help unravel the causes behind it. The find help tab at the top of the page will help you find someone in your area.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

I Think People Are Watching Me

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). I Think People Are Watching Me. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 24, 2019, from
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