Trapped in his own 'Truman Show'

  • Article by: Lori Basheda , Orange County Register
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 6:18 PM

Student spent 4 years under the delusion that he was on a reality show from which he couldn’t escape.

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sportsjunkyNov. 3, 13 8:00 AM

It should be said that Lotz had taken LSD that night, in the summer of 2008. And Ecstasy. And Adderall. Not a good combo for anyone, and in particular, apparently, Lotz. What kind of reporting is this? This comment is added as some kind of side note? The story is this guy fried his brain on drugs. This isn't some kind of interesting phenomenon in society today. Cause and effect. Is this news? Human interest? Thanks for enriching the shared life of the community Star Tribune.

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swmnguyNov. 3, 13 8:47 AM

Lots of people have taken LSD and Ecstasy, many of them at the same time. With the number of people on Adderall, they probably had that in their system as well. It's a bad idea, obviously. But the notion that "this guy fried his brain on drugs" is an unscientific and moralistic judgment discredited by all the other people who have done the same thing and not "fried their brain on drugs."

This guy had schizophrenia and became psychotic and it lasted a long time. As the professional medical doctors in the story mentioned, in years past he would have thought the government was reading his thoughts or implanting thoughts in his brain. Or Communists were doing it. Or, far enough back, witches. Today it's more along the lines of "The Truman Show." I've actually dealt with a number of people who had schizophrenia, some of whom were psychotic sometimes. The similarities in their delusions were fascinating. It was clear to me, as a complete layperson, that these people had very similar problems in their brains. To add chemicals that change your brain chemistry to that is a very bad idea, but to simply write off what this guy went through as a drug experiment gone bad is incorrect, ill-informed and counter-productive.

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ephrakerNov. 3, 13 8:52 AM

I agree the mention of the drug use seems to be nonchalant and dismissive. I don't think that the tone is at all appropriate.

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westroad18Nov. 3, 13 8:55 AM

Uhhh... Why did I read this?

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heretical1Nov. 3, 13 5:13 PM

What's really going to throw him for a loop is when people start wanting to make a TV special out of his story...

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