Psychiatrist Treats Delusions About the News
John Jones sits across from the psychiatrist.
Mr. Jones, I see your employer referred you.
Yes, Doctor. I was basically told that if I didn’t seek treatment, I would be suspended. Perhaps fired.
Why? What did you do?
Nothing. I just told a co-worker the news is an illusion. She reported me to the Personnel officer.
The news is an illusion?
Yes. It’s a realization I came to recently.
Well, it started one night when I watching an interview with a woman who was upset, because she was on a long waiting list for the vaccine. Looking at her, I suddenly realized she’d spent the whole afternoon preparing for the interview.
I could see she’d gone to her hairdresser. She probably had her nails done. She probably spent another hour picking out a dress from her closet.
You ASSUMED all that.
The most important fact, as far as she was concerned, was: she was on television.
She was thinking: I’M ON TELEVISION.
I see. To her, that was more important than not having access to the vaccine.
And that’s it, Mr. Jones? That’s the illusion?
No. The next thing I realized was: THE NEWS IS ON TELEVISION.
Well, of course it is.
At that moment, I stopped believing.
You stopped believing in what?
Because it’s just a person on television.
Don’t you think, Mr. Jones, that your conclusion is an unwarranted leap?
The newsman started talking—after the interview—about vaccine hesitancy. He said experts were in agreement about the science. The vaccine is very safe.
Science is just “what’s on television.” That’s the definition of science.
Try to walk that back, Mr. Jones. You’re going too far. You’re describing a delusion.
I don’t think so.
I don’t see, on the form you filled out, that you’re taking any medications.
What about recreational drug use?
I don’t take any drugs.
Let me put it this way, Mr. Jones. If you stop believing in the news, what do you believe in?
I have to figure that out.
Something has to be considered authoritative.
I’m not sure what you mean.
Mr. Jones, people can’t experience everything first-hand. Surely you understand that. What you can’t experience you have to accept…from somewhere, from some source outside yourself.
And you think that source should be the news.
The news is an attempt to collect the best information possible.
I now see it as an attempt to be on television. A very successful attempt. It’s a collaboration among many employees of the network. Their prime declaration is: WE’RE ON TELEVISION.
Mr. Jones, you have Delusional Disorder.
What is that?
It’s a condition. People who have it have delusions.
What should I do about it?
The first thing—try just to watch the news. Try to…let it flow. Don’t interrupt it, so to speak.
And if that doesn’t work?
Then don’t watch the news for a month or so. Stay away from it. Co
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