‘Truman Show’ Syndrome Delusion on the Rise

‘Truman Show’ Syndrome Delusion on the Rise

People being treated by psychiatrists for ‘Truman Show’ syndrome delusion is on the rise since 2012. It afflicts successful people that developed persistent paranoid beliefs against all evidence that they are being filmed 24-hours a day, and the world in front of them is not real. Truman’s show delusion was based on the 1998 reality movie about actor Jim Carey, who lived in a fictional world and broadcast to millions of home.

Sufferers of this syndrome are convinced they woke up famous, and are stars of their television programs, and the events are staged for other people’s amusement. They believe that their loved ones and closest friends are part of the cast conspiring to keep the real nature of his existence. The news on TV, and the things that happen were staged to control their mind.

The delusions

In the 2006 Medical Convention, Dr Ian Gold presented his first five patients diagnosed with Truman Syndrome delusions to publicize the disorder along with the discovery of another 50 cases. He revealed that this syndrome was difficult to treat because patients often perceive their psychiatrists and doctors as actors. And, while they enjoy their perceived celebrity status, a majority of them experienced paranoia and want to get out of the show.

Dr Joel and Ian Gold at the New York University Bellevue Hospital and McGill University in Montreal, respectively, have published a series of case studies in the Cognitive Neuropsychiatry journal about the patients who are convinced that they are the center of a secret reality show.

Joel and Ian Gold are convinced that pop culture played a role in their affliction.

The Associated press quoted Dr Gold as saying, “Is this just a new twist on an old paranoid or grandiose delusion or is there sort of a perfect storm of the culture we’re in, in which fame holds such high value?”

According to ABC News in 2007, psychiatrist William Johns III believed the Trauman Show was filming him and wants to get out.

One of the patients even traveled to New York City and walked in a federal building demanding to talk to the director. He believed the reality show filmed around him faked attacks at the World Trade Center.

Anthony Waterlow killed his sister and father in 2009, because he believed they were broadcasting his life either to murder him or talk him into killing himself. The Sydney Morning Herald news has it that, during a psychological examination Anthony Waterlow mentioned ‘The Truman Show.’

The phenomenon

While the ‘Truman Show’ syndrome is a new phenomenon, this type of delusions is not, because people have always imagined things that are not real.

American minds were controlled by the Japanese with radio waves in the 1040s. In the 50s, this is accomplished by the Soviets with their satellites, and in the 70s, the CIA implanted computer chips into people’s brains.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, once characterized delusions as bizarre and non-bizarre, which were respectively described to be possible and impossible but false. However, the latest version of the book, DSM-5 it explains:

‘In a world where the government really does have the capability to broadly and furtively spy on its citizens, it’s suddenly delusional to not think Big Brother is watching. In a world where a tweet can almost instantly be read by millions, becoming famous seems more and more plausible.’

Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas

Source: Business Insider