The Truman Show Delusion

The popularity of reality shows have given rise to a new type of mental illness, dubbed the "Truman Show" delusion, where patients think that they're being secretly filmed:

Nicholas Marzano believes he's the subject of a secret reality show, and everyone in his town of Hillside, Illinois is in on it. He's suing HBO in federal court for, in his words, "filming and broadcasting a hidden camera reality show depicting the day-to-day activities of plaintiff" without his consent. His suit, filed in April, alleges that HBO has hidden cameras throughout his home, installed controlling devices in his car, enlisted the help of local police, and recruited actors to portray "attorneys, government and law enforcement officials, physicians, employers, prospective employers, family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers," all so that their show about his life can continue. Marzano also says HBO is keeping him from getting a job or paying his bills, so that he will be forced to remain on the show.

He appears to be a perfect example of what psychiatrist brothers Joel and Ian Gold describe, in a paper published this week in the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, as "Truman Show" delusion — sufferers believe they are "the 'star' of a reality television show secretly broadcasting their daily life, much like the main character in Peter Weir’s film The Truman Show." Between the movie's 1998 release and 2006, they saw five patients with the delusion, and news reports from around the world since then have turned up even more disturbing cases. With the increasing popularity of YouTube and reality TV, the Golds think the disorder is on the rise. "Truman Show" delusion may be the early 21st century's paranoia du jour.

Anna North of Buzzfeed's SHIFT blog has the story: Link

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A good reality TV show would be one about a man who thinks that he's on a reality TV show and everyone in his life is trying to convince him that he's not, and is actually suffering from a delusion.
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This... this is the perfect way to convince someone who believes that they are being filmed that they aren't being filmed, while they are actually being filmed!

My gods... I MUST BE THIS PERSON!

YOU WERE ALL HIRED TO MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT THIS WASN'T SO, BUT IT IS!

AAAAAAAaaaaaaahhhh... *runs off into the distance*
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And this tripe actually made it to the courts?

Now I see why the US is quickly becoming the butt of many a joke world wide... you deserve all the ridicule that is heaped upon your nation... ID10Ts
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