About two years ago, my place of employment (a prison), where I work as a teacher, decided to install security cameras in all the classrooms. The cameras, they said, were not being put there to monitor us, but were there for our safety
. However, the cameras were installed in such a way that they are aimed directly at the teacher's desk. It was very unnerving, so I arranged my computer monitor to cover my face. After several months, I started getting a ringing sensation in my ears and started having memory problems, trouble concentrating, and felt dizzy. I was examined by a doctor who administered vestibular testing and it came out abnormal. I was also examined by two more ENT's and both said I have Tinnitus and mild hearing loss. I read something about electromagnetic sensitivity and because of the coincidence in time, I'm wondering if I could be having an adverse physiological response to having this camera targeted on me all day, every day. The Tinnitus is constant even after I come home.Also, I feel as though all the joy has been taken out of my job. Every move I make, probably every word I speak is being TAPED! Yet, they claim I'm not being monitored! It has started to affect my mood and my sleep is disturbed as well. I feel I am slipping into a depression. The anxiety and paranoia I feel all day is just wearing me down. I even have thoughts of hurting myself. I come home sometimes and just cry uncontrollably. I see a psychotherapist and he has suggested I go on disability, but I doubt that I could live on half of my pay at this point. Now, recently, they're switching from juvenile correction to adult, and I have been told that our computers are going to be taken away and put in some distant location. I have used my computer to take attendance, record grades, and obtain educational resources on the web, so now a valuable tool is being taken away from me for some unknown reason, and I suspect it's simply because I was using the monitor to partially block the camera's view on me. It's just all so bizarre. I can hardly concentrate and do my job effectively most days. I'm 61 but I don't have enough years to retire, and I'm afraid my age might be a barrier in getting employment elsewhere. I don't know what to do. My mental and physical health are suffering and I don't know if I have any legal recourse.