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Dr Joel Gold: Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness

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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 10:30am

When Dr. JOEL GOLD started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with IAN GOLD, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: SUSPICIOUS MINDS: HOW CULTURE SHAPES MADNESS. THE TRUMAN SHOW DELUSION AND OTHER STRANGE BELIEFS. 

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