A Beautiful Mind : A Beautiful Mind

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There are words, that when uttered, imparts fear into the hearts of all who hear them. Schizophrenia is among those frightful words. A debilitating mental condition that is chronic and severe in nature, which negatively impacts an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Their wounded psyche often renders them unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Imagine the horror of helplessly descending into the throes of a dark, fragmented, confused, and unfamiliar world. Finding yourself alone in an existence that only you can perceive. A previously healthy, mentally stable individual suddenly and inexplicably begins to display an assortment of symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, nonsensical talk, overexaggerated or inappropriate emotional responses, or becomes completely devoid of emotions and feelings altogether (Myers & Dewall, 2015, pp. 640-641). One such instance was highlighted by Hollywood in the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” which was based on the true story of the scholarly and brilliant Nobel Prize winning mathematician, John Nash. Nash was blindsided by this devastating syndrome of the mind at the age of thirty-one. His education, prestige, or class did not exempt him from this hellish nightmare (Grazer & Howard, 2001).
Schizophrenia is proven to be one of the most common mental illnesses in today’s society. Approximately one per-cent of the world population suffers from this horrendous disorder. An estimated two and one-half million people suffer

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