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The Truman Show Delusion and yesterday's death in Washington

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

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This isn't a professional diagnosis by any stretch, but I can't help but note the coincidence.

Just a few weeks ago, I read an article in New Yorker about the Truman Show Delusion. It was about how psychoses could evolve under the influence of technological developments. It focused on the treatment of a man who believed unseen forces had made him the subject of a perpetual TV show, like Jim Carrey's character in the movie, "The Truman Show." It's a delusion that psychiatrists encounter regularly now.

Today comes this news from Talking Points Memo:

The woman who was shot dead by police after trying to breach a barrier outside the White House and lead a car chase near the U.S. Capitol believed President Barack Obama was electronically monitoring her, ABC News reported Friday.

Anonymous sources told ABC News that suspect Miriam Carey, 34, thought the president was electronically monitoring her Stamford, Conn. home to broadcast her life on television. Carey also believed she was the "prophet of Stamford" with the ability to communicate with Obama, the sources said.

Other reports have said Carey (the woman shot by police after she crashed barricades at the White House and government offices, not the actor with a similar name) had a family history of schizophrenia and was taking medication for her illness.

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