Earlier this year (mid February) I quit my job to start a business. I got so consumed with it that I stopped attending college, reasoning with myself that quitting both school and job would allow me to focus on my business. I went nonstop on my business for about a month before everything fell apart. I’m normally very quiet, but I was forcing myself to get out and socialize and spread the word about my business. About 3 weeks in, I started to feel like/realize that no one was really taking me seriously. Then everything got strange. It was like everyone I encountered knew to mess with me. I spent days just walking around town, trying to figure “something” out. I wasn’t eating. I never felt out of control, but it was obvious I was really being messed with and not just being paranoid. At one point I had pulled the last of my money and walked to the train station with the intention of just leaving. When I sat down at the benches, everyone else (probably 8-10 others) got up and moved away and kept repeating the word “branding”, earlier that day I had texted a friend that I was working on branding my business.
I finally went back to school, and sitting in a class of people I had never met before, the first day we got a 10 min break and the teacher left. Everyone starts talking and they keep getting louder and louder so I go to put my headphones on and everyone starts saying “yeah, put your headphones on” so I just stopped moving then everyone continued in conversation at a normal volume like nothing happened. This was not a hallucination. I started thinking that maybe I was a reincarnated prophet and it seemed like everything was a message or a clue. Right around Easter I really thought I needed to get to Israel to behold the 2nd coming of Christ, I was trying to solve the book of Revelations. I moved to a different state, and it all stopped for the most part. I still get the feeling I’m being watched whenever I stay in one place for too long. 6 months later the whole experience is still fresh and not sure how to proceed with getting help or what kind of help to seek. I just never want it to happen again. (age 26, from US)