I Feel Like I'm Being Watched and Followed

Published: March 28, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I feel like I'm constantly being watched and followed. Is this normal? I can'€™t sleep from it.

Signed: I Feel Like I'm Being Watched and Followed

Dear I Feel Like I'm Being Watched and Followed,

Sometimes people can have thoughts and worries that are not connected to the reality of the situation they are in. If you feel you are constantly being watched and followed, especially since it is starting to impact your life in terms of not being able to sleep, TeenHealthFX recommends that you speak to a trusted adult about it so that a consultation can be scheduled with a reputable mental health professional, such as a clinical social worker, clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. By meeting with a reputable mental health professional you can get an accurate diagnosis, as well as speak with someone about treatment options that will help alleviate these worries so you can be less preoccupied with these thoughts and sleep better at night.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX