Psychological Disorders : A Beautiful Mind Essay examples

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Psychological disorders can be very tough, not only to diagnose, but to treat and live with. It is one thing to be able to see and recognize your sickness, but when your sickness is a psychological disorder, it is your mind that is sick. This makes spotting the disorder yourself nearly impossible. Not only are psychological disorders tough to recognize and treat, but the social connotations that go along with abnormalities, especially abnormalities of the brain, are very negative and isolating. A great example of this, specifically in schizophrenia, is in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”.
The main character, John Nash, is an awkward genius who, at the beginning of the movie, is attending Princeton University. The first way in which I was able to tell what disorder he had was by the movie explicitly saying that he has schizophrenia. Analyzing his symptoms using the DSM5 will give us the ability to diagnose his disorder without just trusting the movie to tell us what he has. Diagnostic statistical manual 5th addition has a pretty specific diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia. The first part is at least two of the following for at least one month- Delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior, or negative symptoms(Zimbardo,, 99). John Nash exhibits many of these but I will just focus on the first two, delusions and hallucinations. According to the DSM5, a delusion is “fixed beliefs that are not amenable to change in light of…

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