Suspect a postdoc installed a keylogger on my personally owned compute

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So I left grad school about 3 years ago. I had some sort of breakdown and decided to leave. Well, a lot of strange things happened and I got really paranoid. One example is whenever I would search for something on my computer a postdoc would repeat it to someone else and I heard it. I suspected he installed a keylogger on my computer, which is definitely an invasion of my privacy. Also, one of the grad students came in and said "he installed a keylogger on his computer and doesn't want to admit it." I don't know who 'he' refers to, but I assume it is the postdoc, and 'his' I assume refers to me.

Is this legal? I can't find anything that says it is. I even found a keylogger on my computer several months after I left school. I used a KL detector.
 

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I really, really doubt it is legal. But since it's 3 years ago and since you seem to be lacking hard evidence that it really was the postdoc, I doubt you can do anything about it. Just forget about it.
 
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All these people in my group really messed with me. I ended up in a mental institution because of it. I am having trouble leaving the past in the past.
 
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All these people in my group really messed with me. I ended up in a mental institution because of it. I am having trouble leaving the past in the past.
That's sad to hear :frown: I guess I could say to just forget about the past. But I know extremely well that this is not easy at all. The past can really haunt you and make you feel very bad.

Are you still under psychologic treatment?? If you can't leave the past for what it is, then such a treatment is certainly useful and recommended.
Or does the treatment not help?? You are certainly allowed to find other practicioners who can provide the help you need.

How is your personal life?? Do you have some friends/lovers/family who you can trust and who you can talk to? A good support group is something that is often underestimated but it really is very necessary.
 
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That's sad to hear :frown: I guess I could say to just forget about the past. But I know extremely well that this is not easy at all. The past can really haunt you and make you feel very bad.

Are you still under psychologic treatment?? If you can't leave the past for what it is, then such a treatment is certainly useful and recommended.
Or does the treatment not help?? You are certainly allowed to find other practicioners who can provide the help you need.

How is your personal life?? Do you have some friends/lovers/family who you can trust and who you can talk to? A good support group is something that is often underestimated but it really is very necessary.
thanks micro. I see a psychiatrist every month and I am about to start seeing a therapist. The meds I take get rid of the voices I started hearing, but does nothing for my paranoia and my obsession with the past.
 
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thanks micro. I see a psychiatrist every month and I am about to start seeing a therapist. The meds I take get rid of the voices I started hearing, but does nothing for my paranoia and my obsession with the past.
Every month? That doesn't sound very often. It seems to me that you really need professional help. Seeing somebody every month doesn't seem sufficient. I'm not a psychiatrist though, so I can't give decent advice. But you might want to get second opinions with other psychiatrists.

I'm glad the meds work (at least partially). Maybe you can ask your psychiatrist for stronger meds or different meds? It usually takes a few tries before people discover meds that is good for them.

And do try to interact with people. Many people like you tend to isolate themselves. I don't think this is a very good thing. I'm very happy that you're talking to people on this forum. I hope you will continue to do so.
 
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Every month? That doesn't sound very often. It seems to me that you really need professional help. Seeing somebody every month doesn't seem sufficient. I'm not a psychiatrist though, so I can't give decent advice. But you might want to get second opinions with other psychiatrists.

I'm glad the meds work (at least partially). Maybe you can ask your psychiatrist for stronger meds or different meds? It usually takes a few tries before people discover meds that is good for them.

And do try to interact with people. Many people like you tend to isolate themselves. I don't think this is a very good thing. I'm very happy that you're talking to people on this forum. I hope you will continue to do so.
I will be seeing a new psychiatrist next month. I also plan on seeing a therapist once a month. These services are very expensive though and I can't afford to see them more frequently. I recently lost my job partly due to my paranoia and I have very little money saved.
 
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You might try getting mental help through local government health services. Good luck to you.
 

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