Proof by David Auburn
What do you think Insanity is? In the play there is evidence that Catherine may have Schizophrenia like her father. After her father passed she became lazy and depressed. Having a father with Schizophrenia, Catherine could have inherited this disorder from him.
Catherine could have inherited Schizophrenia from her father. Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder. It makes it difficult for a person to tell the difference between what is real and what isn't real. Catherine experiences moments like these in the play where she thinks she is having a conversation with her dead father when she really isn't talking to anybody and like any other mental illness, disease, or disorder there are many symptoms of Schizophrenia such as hallucinations, delusions, thought and movement disorders, etc.
Catherine came up as a very lazy and depressed person after her dad died. After her dad died she became this non-social person who just stayed home all day and slept, she didn't even go to school when she wanted to go and she was supposedly a mathematician. Schizophrenia shows a lot of symptoms, positive and negative. Catherine was showing some of these symptoms such as “Lack of pleasure in everyday life” and she spoke little even when she was interacted in a conversation unless it was in a delusion with her father. Catherine could have possibly had Schizophrenia because she showed a lot of the symptoms towards it but she didn't really show any of the “Cognitive symptoms” toward Schizophrenia such as trouble focusing or problems with working her memory. But one of the cognitive symptoms she did show was poor executive functioning, like when it was difficult for her to make the decision to stay in her fathers house and do what she has been doing since he died(sleep all day) or go to New York with her sister and get help. She lacked the ability to understand information and use it to make decisions.
When people hear the word Schizophrenia, the...
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