Two doctor/brothers, Joel and Ian Gold, have identified symptoms of a mental
illness unique to our times: the Truman Show delusion, named for the 1998 movie
that starred Jim Carrey as a suburbanite whose movements were filmed 24/7 and
broadcast to the world. The two say a handful of individuals are convinced they
are stars of an imaginary reality show.
Though limited, their findings are creating a buzz in the media and the
psychiatric community: Is it possible that reality TV is shaping delusions?
CBT can help you notice thoughts that make you feel bad. You learn to stop these thoughts and replace them with helpful ones.
An example might be repeating a put-down to yourself. Or you may focus on one small criticism from your boss, while forgetting the good comments. With CBT, you learn ways to change these thoughts, so you feel better about yourself.
Doing things that help you stay positive is another part of CBT. For example, you might visit friends more or make a schedule to help manage your time. Relieving stress or getting plenty of sleep can help too.
Working with a counselor
You might choose to work with a counselor. A counselor can help you learn to use CBT. Ask your doctor, family, or friends if they can recommend someone.
Before choosing a counselor, call ahead of time for a short interview. You can ask the counselor if he or she has training in CBT and uses it often. Choose someone you feel comfortable with. Get more tips on finding a counselor.
If you often have upsetting thoughts, watch for signs of depression.