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Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 06:46 PM

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My wife likes to skype with her family and friends a lot, so our computers all have webcams so she can skype. We got in a pretty heated argument about the way I always "turn them away" towards a wall, or put a sticky note over them, My question is, do you think that just because of that, is a true case of "Paranoia / mental illness"? I'm not asking for a diagnosis. I'm just wondering if you think Its NORMAL to do that? I hate cameras, and I can't be comfortable if there's a camera looking at me. Does anyone else "turn" their web cam away? Or am I just a paranoid freak, haha.

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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 06:55 PM

I always turn mine away. I have really low self esteem so I don't like people taking photos of me, which makes me uneasy around any cameras or even phones with cameras. In itself, it probably isn't anything to worry about, unless you take it to an extreme (like not going outside because of security cameras etc)
   
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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 07:15 PM

Hi

I do the same. I have thoughts of people being able to see me when the camera is off and that leads to me thinking the people watching me being able to read my mind. I receive support from a mental health team for several reasons, this being one of them including hallucinations. Do you have any other issues or is this the only problem you've found yourself having? If there is more that's going on that we don't know about, there could be something more too it but we're not medically trained (I know you know that!) so if you're worried, I suggest you try getting an appointment to see your doctor to discuss your concerns.

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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 07:20 PM

Hey, Corrie.

I think it's completely normal. I don't have a webcam on my lap-top but I have a friend who says he tapes paper over the cam when he uses the lap-top haha. However, I have low self-esteem so whenever someone pulls out a camera on their phone or tries to take a picture, I sorta have a panic attack. I also get paranoid with any phone or iPod with a camera, mostly because my dad is a Picture Ninja and likes to sneak pictures in.

So, long story short, I think it's perfectly normal to be a little paranoid around cameras and such. In fact, my mom wouldn't let me get a lap-top with a webcam on it solely because of this reason.
   
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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 07:33 PM

THANK YOU!!!!

No, I don't like stay inside because of cameras, I just don't like web cams because I think someone is looking at me, lol. Public vs. private, if you catch my drift but thank you, can close topic mod xD


   
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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 14th 2013, 07:46 PM

Haha, you're welcome! By the way, I got your drift and it floats my boat.
   
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Re: Paranoia of Cameras = Mental illness? - March 15th 2013, 01:14 AM

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