A Beautiful Mind (Schizophrenia) Essay

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A Beautiful Mind (Schizophrenia)

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).
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Additionally, John Nash was given Insulin Shock Therapy which is also known as Insulin Coma Therapy at the psychiatric hospital that he was admitted to. He received this form of treatment five times a week for ten weeks. Large doses of insulin were administered which would reduce the blood sugar and brought on a seizure-like state and then a comatose state that John Nash experienced whenever this form of treatment was done. The Insulin Shock Therapy is still done however there are critics who state that this form of treatment is cruel and inhumane but there has not been a termination of this treatment in spite of the criticisms. Furthermore, over the years more treatments have been formed in order to treat Schizophrenia. According to Wikipedia Foundation Inc (2007) “The first line pharmacological therapy for Schizophrenia is usually antipsychotic medications” (pg 1). According to Wikipedia Foundation Inc (2007) “Antipsychotic drugs are thought to mainly provide relief from the positive symptoms and psychosis” (pg 1). Nash received antipsychotic drugs when he was released from the hospital. Some examples of the psychotic drugs that are being used now to treat Schizophrenia are Thorazine, Clozaril, and Trilafon. However, some other forms of treatment include self care at home with the supervision of family members and psychosocial

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