A Beautiful Mind By John Nash

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A Beautiful Mind, is a movie that was produced in the year 2002 by Universal Pictures. This film is about a man named John Nash who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, paranoid type. Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder with key features including delusions, hallucinations, difficulty concentrating, and other negative symptoms (Parekh, 2017). Paranoid schizophrenia specifically, is “characterized mainly by the presence of delusions of persecution or grandeur” (Sadock and Sadock, 2005). The typical age for the onset of schizophrenia is in late adolescence or early adulthood, and is seen in men and women equally (Sadock and Sadock, 2005). John Nash, a genius mathematician, was attending Princeton University when he experienced his first…show more content…
“Delusions are fixed beliefs that are not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Nash experienced both delusions of persecution and of grandeur. The delusions of persecution that he had, was that he worked for Parcher as a spy, and he was running away from the Russians. He believed that the Russians were after him and therefore lived in a constant state of fear of his life. The delusions of grandeur that Nash had, was that it was up to him to maintain United State’s power over the Russians. Nash was an extremely intelligent man, but not to the degree that he thought. These delusions took over Nash’s mind and he spent most of his time breaking codes and putting envelopes in a mailbox that he believed was going to the government. In addition to hallucinations and delusions, other symptoms were portrayed in the film. Nash was constantly suspicious of the people around him. This was a result of his belief that the Russians were after him. For example, when Nash was taken to the psychiatric hospital, he thought that Dr. Rosen was Russian and trying to stop him from doing his work. As a result, Nash resorted to violence in order to protect himself. Another common symptom of schizophrenia is anhedonia. This is “the inability to experience pleasure or sustain interests in activities” (Cara & MacRae, 2005). Nash definitely experienced this symptom. Nash had the opportunity to make

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