Schizophrenia And Its Effects On People

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Schizophrenia is often depicted in film and media, and because the media has a powerful impact on people, individuals must be careful not to base their views solely on what they see and hear in movies because information may be misrepresented for entertainment purposes. In the films The Soloist and A Beautiful Mind, schizophrenic disorders are illustrated through the protagonists. When comparing these films with scholarly sources, it is apparent that the films appropriately represent the clinical descriptions and symptoms of a schizophrenic disorder; however, the treatments for these disorders are misrepresented. In the film A Beautiful Mind, the protagonist John Nash suffers with the mental condition of paranoid schizophrenia. The film examines Nash’s healthy years while attending Princeton University and starting his family, then depicts the deterioration of his cognitive abilities. Through Nash’s character, the film was successful in illustrating the typical symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. Negative symptoms like social isolation and mistrust were presented accurately, as were positive symptoms like hallucinations and delusions. The progression of Nash’s paranoid schizophrenia was thoroughly depicted through displays such as his increasing fear of persecution. This fear progressed with his illness, producing significant impairment and distress. Nash displayed coping strategies when his overwhelming symptoms caused him to withdraw from the social contact. Over time,
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