Symptoms of Schizophrenia Seen in "A Beautiful Mind"

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In the film " A Beautiful Mind" John Nash experiences a few different positive symptoms. The first of these positive symptoms are seen through the hallucinations John has of having a room -mate while at Princeton. This room- mate continues to stay "in contact" with John through out his adult life and later this room- mate's niece enters Johns mind as another coinciding hallucination. Nash's other hallucination is Ed Harris, who plays a government agent that seeks out Nash's intelligence in the field of code- breaking. This hallucination of Ed Harris is the key factor in Nash's delusional thinking. He has delusions of being a secret government aide that is helping the U.S. find bombs throughout the country that were placed here by the…show more content…
His wife was the one person who knew him and dealt with the disease first hand. Due to his flat affect and severe anhedonia John was unable to be intimate with his wife and I can only imagine this to be very difficult for her especially when she was not aware of his disease. After learning of his diagnosis his wife grew fearful of him and was unable to trust him alone with their child. Again, I can only imagine the pain in not being able to leave your child with its father without fear of the child being harmed. I have never seen a Schizophrenic experience a psychotic episode, and I'm quite sure that if I ever had before taking this class or watching this movie I would have no idea what to do or how to react. Now I know that nothing really can be done other than to let that person know that they are loved and that you are there to listen. I see how it can be frustrating not only for the person experiencing the disease but also for their family or loved ones that are helping them cope. To not be able to know what is going on in your own mind must be the scariest thing to experience. Not knowing what is reality and what is a delusion would make anyone "crazy". I realize that it is impossible to tell someone that something is wrong when you, yourself, can't even tell that something isn't right. If the delusion were better than reality, why would you want to know the

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