Beautiful Mind Case Study

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Demetrius Green June 13, 2017 Extra Credit According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Schizophrenia is defined as: a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling (National Institute of Mental Health, 2017). The thematic presence of paranoid schizophrenia in Sylvia Nasar’s “Beautiful Mind” resonates as a case study regarding this disorder. The lead character, John Forbes Nash, Jr. has always had intelligence on his side. He took the fast track academically and was a well-known laurate. There are several things…show more content…
Some of the descriptive symptoms in the film would be: Positive: When Dr. Nash looked at the citrus in the one scene, this is a delusional and hallucination state. Some other symptoms displayed in the movie was hallucinations that he experienced with his wife when he wanted to rush her to her sister’s residence. The mind works very differently as displayed in this movie. The presence of paranormal experiences as well. Some negative symptoms would be when the therapist discussed the degenerative behavior Dr. Nash was experiencing. Another would be the how detached Dr. Nash was with normal functions of life. This film really placed this disorder in a mainstream fashion, much different from when other movies that have been produced with the same theme. During the film, Dr. Nash had his battle with this disease that diminish his abilities to coexist. There were moments that challenged his familial unit, his professional duties as well as his overall social experience. Dealing with memory loss and other degenerative events plagued his beautiful mind. The saying that a mind is a terrible thing to waste reigns supreme in this film. The loss of ones experiences is another theme in this film. The battle John has in his head as his wife held their child was a major turning point in the film. His disease took over this ability to think clearly and could have been a dangerous moment for all involved. Some treatments for this disorder is familial support
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