A Beautiful Mind

1713 Words Feb 18th, 2018 7 Pages
The book describes the early stages Nash’s mental illness as a young adult, the acknowledged impairment and reduction of thinking capacity, the various treatments methods and his eventual recovery. I want to focus on when Nash is a graduate student attending Princeton University in 1947. This moment in his life is a critical period in the research and development of schizophrenia treatment. The book describes the common symptoms of schizophrenia, which is noticeable through Nash’s social inabilities as isolation and lack of social skills are quickly apparent at the University’s meet and greet. Nash escapes reality through the safety that numbers bring him which he also uses to try and explain how things come to be in everyday life. The more Nash uses numbers to explain life, the more secluded he becomes from society. This is evident when he tries to figure out how the seduction of a woman could be possible using algorithms. Nash’s behavior was considered normal for a genius of his caliber even though being emotionally diminished, having little interest in socializing, and overanalyzing thinking are the beginning stages of mental illness.
As Nash’s paranoid schizophrenia symptoms becomes worse, he becomes more withdrawn and nervous to the point the illness begins to control his life. Nash…