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Kelsea Conner
Writing Assignment #5
Fall 2012
A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind is a movie about the famed mathematician John Nash and his lifelong struggles with his mental health. Nash enrolled as a graduate student at Princeton in 1948 and almost immediately stood out as being different than the other students enrolled. He devoted himself to finding something unique, a mathematical theorem that would be completely original. He kept to himself for the most part and while he went out for drinks with other students, he spends a lot of time with his roommate, Charles, who eventually becomes his best friend. John soon becomes a professor at MIT where he meets and eventually gets married to a graduate student, Alicia. Over time however John begins to lose his grip on reality, eventually being institutionalized diagnosed with schizophrenia. Some of the symptoms of schizophrenia are hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thoughts, and paranoia/bizarre behavior. The symptoms of this disease progressively got worse throughout his life especially when he entered graduate school. Some of these symptoms that were shown throughout this movie were when John made up roommate Charles, when he worked for a William Parcher, and also when he thought that he was a spy for the government. When he was institutionalized the treatment he had was electrical shocks and he was prescribed medication. But John Nash was Conner 2

very unconventional and didn’t want to have to take some medicine every day that drowned out who he really was. Therefore, he decided that he was going to fight his disease on his own. However, while the depths of his imaginary world are revealed, Nash withdraws from society and it's not until the 1970s that he makes his first try back into the world of academics, gradually returning to research and teaching. As he is learning to deal with his disease in 1994, John Nash was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. Today treatment for schizophrenia...

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