Can you imagine living your life as the lead in a TV show, but without your knowledge? This means that everyone watches you shower, pick your nose, trip over or cry without your knowledge.
Just like The Truman Show, that sounds like absolute hell.
Well, it turns out that there are people who believe that their lives are being featured on a reality television show. According to Dr. Joel Gold, a psychiatrist at the Bellevue Hospital Center, he has met five patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia and who believed they were on reality TV shows. He had also heard of about 12 more patients by 2008 who suffered with a similar disorder.
Gold deemed this "The Truman Show delusion" and said it has stemmed from the hunger for publicity in this day in age. You might find it interesting to know that the syndrome is found predominantly in young white men.
While some were tormented by the syndrome, others were actually very happy with it. One case described a man who traveled to New York to see if the World Trade Center had fallen, as he believed that the September 11 attacks were a plot twist in his personal life story. Another case involved a man who climbed the Statue Of Liberty thinking he would find his high school sweetheart and finally be released from the show.
By the summer of 2008, the British Journal Of Psychiatry also reported to find similar cases in the United Kingdom.
When writer of The Truman Show Andrew Niccol was told of the condition, he replied:
"You know you've made it when you have a disease named after you."
And now I'm looking around wondering if I'm actually in a television show without my knowledge. If so, I'm just glad I put on a bit of makeup today.