Newly Diagnosed Delusional Disorder Takes a Page out of 'The Truman Show'

Newly Diagnosed Delusional Disorder Takes a Page out of 'The Truman Show'

Jun 05, 2012

Peter Weir's 1998 film The Truman Show follows Jim Carrey as a man who is unaware that he's living in a fully constructed reality, his life broadcast to people around the globe. BuzzFeed reports that the film's construct has disturbingly taken shape in a number of people who believe that they are the unwilling stars of reality television programming, and the illness is being dubbed Truman Show delusion. 

Nicholas Marzano believes he's being secretly filmed for a reality show on HBO. He's suing the network for broadcasting his daily activities, believing that the company has installed hidden cameras throughout his home and car. Marzano even believes they've gone as far to enlist help from the local police department, recruiting actors to play the lawmakers, doctors, friends, and others he comes into contact with every day. He also believes HBO is preventing him from getting a real job so he'll be forced to be a slave on the "show."
 
Antipsychotic drugs and cognitive-behavioral therapy are the only known cures for the delusion, which has been increasing in numbers according to some reports. Head to BuzzFeed to read several other real-life cases of Truman Show delusion, and resist all temptation to search your house for hidden cameras.

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