Topics: Schizophrenia, Psychiatry, Antipsychotic Pages: 9 (3120 words) Published: May 4, 2013

A beautiful Mind



A beautiful Mind (Schizophrenia)
Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and debilitating mental condition that makes it difficult for the patient to think logically or behave normally. The person is unable to differentiate between what is real and what is not (Zhou & Liang, 2007). The film A Beautiful Mind describes how the mental illness develops in John Nash, how the symptoms of the condition develop and how the condition is managed. This paper provides a broad discussion of schizophrenia as it is presented in the film. The main areas of discussion include the prevalence of schizophrenia and impacts on the person, treatment, and recommendations for future mental health nursing practice, and how the disease can be restrained before reaching its stage of maturity. There is also the discussion of several ways of treating it apart from the common treatment. A Beautiful Mind is a standard 2001 drama about the distressed life of John Nash. Nash attends Princeton University as a graduate student to obtain the esteemed Carnegie Prize. He meets Charles his roommate, and they become friends. Nash meets Bender, Sol, Ainsley and Hansen also a graduate student. In that period, Nash is under pressure to develop original ideas for his thesis. He is inspired to the concept of dynamics when rejected at a bar. Nash accepts an appointment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after leaving Princeton, along with Sol and Bender. After five years, Nash falls in love with Alicia, and they get married. He goes back to Princeton, runs into Charles and Marcee (Charles’ niece). He meets Parcher, a baffling agent of the Defense Department. The agent invites Nash to the Department of Defense where he astonishes code-breakers by deciphering a used code. He is given more assignments to find patterns in newspapers and magazines to prevent a Soviet enemy plot. Nash becomes paranoid and behaves erratically when he is expected to provide a report to be taken to a mailbox. Alice informs a psychiatrist when she learns of the behavior. It is found that Nash is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is confined in a psychiatric facility and later it is confirmed that everything is well as Charles, Marcee, and Parcher were all hallucinations. He is discharged after insulin therapy sessions; however, he quits his medication and this leads to severe effects. Nash’s marriage and life get affected following a relapse. He is urged to execute Alicia by Parcher, but he rejects. His hallucination is definite when he meets Marcee and he realizes that his condition has not changed. He accepts everything and tries to live his usual condition ignoring hallucinations. John Nash was able to fight the delusions that are a large part of schizophrenia, although he was never able to entirely get rid of the disease and he became an honored affiliate of the community. Nash gets old, meets his competitor Hansen, at that time heading the mathematics department at Princeton. He is permitted to audit classes and wins the Nobel Prize in Economics for his theory.

This movie generates a massive impact on the viewer particularly at the time Nash becomes schizophrenic. The viewer is drawn to Nash when he is admitted at Princeton and tries to find an original mathematical theorem. After his marriage, Nash starts losing reality due to effects of schizophrenia. The viewer observes that Nash had created several imaginary friends. The viewer also learns how the condition can be dreadful and terrifying. Development of the disease and its effects to personal life and career is observed. Nash threatens his marriage and the life of their child; he undergoes a series of changes on developing the condition. The movie uses Nash’s story to explain dangers of schizophrenia. It guides one on how to deal with the disease and overcome it. However, it is unclear whether the disease can successfully be treated since in the film Nash does not follow the...
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