A Beautiful Mind (Schizophrenia) Essay example

1671 Words May 10th, 2014 7 Pages
In this essay I will discuss the mental disorder Schizophrenia and the ways in which John Forbes Nash the main character in the movie A Beautiful Mind dealt with it. I will also define the mental disorder; discuss the symptoms, the causes, the treatments, the relationship between violence and individuals who are diagnosed with Schizophrenia, the general public’s reaction towards people with Schizophrenia, and the ways in which people with Schizophrenia can help the general public and themselves in coping with this particular mental disorder and possibly other mental disorders.
Firstly, according to Coconcea (2005) “Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling mental illness” ( 1). According to American Psychiatric
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He was also unable to function socially, he socially withdrew himself from his friends and he was no longer capable to care for his baby especially the scene in which he was out of touch with reality that he left the baby unattended in the tub. John Nash was also experiencing problems with his wife as a result of his inability to engage in sexual activities and his wife’s inability to clearly comprehend the gruesome effects of Schizophrenia. People who have Schizophrenia vary widely in their behavior as they struggle with a mental disorder which is beyond their control. Some may ramble in illogical sentences or react with uncontrolled anger. John Nash exhibited this symptom especially when he was in the presence of others who were not aware of his mental disorder.
Additionally, according to Coconcea (2005) “Schizophrenia affects men and women with equal frequency. More than 2 million Americans suffer from Schizophrenia at any given time and 100,000-200,000 people are newly diagnosed every year. Schizophrenia is usually diagnosed in people aged 17-35 years” ( 4). According to Fredrickson, Hoeksema, Loftus, and Smith (2003) “The illness appears earlier in men (in the late teens or early twenties) than in women (who are affected in the twenties to early thirties)” (pg 555). They may not be

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