The scariest reality of all.
Remember The Truman Show?
The 1998 film is is based on the premise that the life of Truman Burbank (played by Jim Carrey) is a reality TV show, with actors playing the roles of his family and friends. He just doesn’t know it.
For increasing numbers of mentally ill people, the plot of the 1998 film is their reality.
Though it’s not officially recognised in the in the psychiatry diagnostic manual, ‘The Truman Show delusion’ was coined in 2008 to describe the delusional thinking of those that believe they are the star of a reality television show or movie.
Psychiatrist Dr Joel Gold said he didn’t consider the first presentation of these delusions to be that significant.
He told ABC’s Radio National a man named Albert went to the United Nations to seek asylum from the reality show that was his life and was taken to Bellevue’s psychiatric emergency room, where he encountered Dr Gold.
“He believed everyone in his life was an actor reading from scripts, including his family,” Dr Gold said.