A Beautiful Mind: a Case Study Essay

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Running head: A BEAUTIFUL MIND 1

A Beautiful Mind:
A Case Study

A BEAUTIFUL MIND 2

Diagnostic Impression:

Axis I 295.30 Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type, Continuous
Axis II V71.09 No Diagnosis
Axis III None
Axis IV Psychosocial and Educational Stressors
Axis V GAF = 55 (highest level in past 30 years)

Case Study:
John Nash suffers from Paranoid Schizophrenia. He is a gifted mathematician who began graduate school at Princeton University in 1947. We will begin Mr. Nash’s history from this point in time, for it is here that his symptoms first began to emerge. During this time in his life he is in what is known as the prodromal phase of schizophrenia, which is a period before active
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The next time Parcher shows up Mr. Nash tells him that he no longer wants to be a part of the operation, however Parcher informs him that if he stops the Russians will find out that he has been working against them. This seems rather indicative of Mr. Nash’s desire to detach from his delusions and hallucinations, while at the same time being completely incapable of doing so. Instead, he becomes even more immersed into his paranoid delusions, at one point telling Alicia that she had to leave because she was no longer safe, and it is at this moment that she begins to realize that there is something very wrong with her husband. Thus, Alicia decides to contact a psychiatrist named Dr. Rosen.
Not long after this, Mr. Nash is scheduled to lecture at the National Math Conference and during his speech suspicious men enter, whom Mr. Nash immediately sees as Russians sent to kill him. At this time he flees and they proceed to chase him. He runs in to Dr. Rosen who introduces himself, however Mr. Nash is still in the grips of active psychosis and he ends up being carried away by the doctor and his men. At McLean Hospital, Dr. Rosen tells Alicia that her husband has Paranoid Schizophrenia, and that a large portion of his reality does not exist. She at fist denies the extent of his problems, saying that he has “always been a little weird,” however, Dr.

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