Symptoms of Schizophrenia Seen in "A Beautiful Mind" Essay

930 Words Apr 15th, 2005 4 Pages
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
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John Nash was not a very social person and I believe that this is attributed to the inability of expressing thoughts and feelings caused by the disease. His office in the movie looks somewhat like what I imagined the inside of his mind to look like; cluttered. Pictures on top of articles, on top of more pictures. There were papers hanging from the ceiling and string connecting pictures while forming patterns. One pattern I saw repeated a few times throughout the film was a spider- web image. This to me just shows how everything in his mind seemed as though it was connected in some way.
Since neither me nor anyone else in my family is afflicted with this horrible, pain-staking disease, I have no first hand knowledge regarding the issue. It seems to me that a person can not understand this disease without being surrounded by it and feeling how every part of it effects the person afflicted and the people that care about them. Even though John Nash wasn't diagnosed with Schizophrenia until he was well into adulthood, the symptoms still effected his life a great deal. He said himself that he didn't enjoy being around people and he didn't think that people wanted to be around him. His relationships with colleagues were based on academics and although he didn't realize it during the time, these colleagues considered themselves to be his

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