John Nash Schizophrenia

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John Nash, a brilliant man, wise beyond most men. I was very intrigued by the film’s portrayal of Mr. Nash. Despite having knowledge based on our textbook and power point slides concerning Schizophrenia, I lack knowledge and experience with someone who suffers from this complicated condition. This film depicted an in-depth, personal account of schizophrenia and the reality of their delusions (Howard, 2002). I can only imagine the pain and anguish one must feel when realizing that their delusions are not real. This film helped me to see Mr. Nash as a person dealing with this disease instead of a list of signs and symptoms from a textbook.
In the beginning, Mr. Nash seems awkward socially, with both his peers and females. These are classic symptoms of schizophrenia (Videbeck, 2014, P. 266-276). Next, you see the pressure he places on himself to achieve the highest of all honors. In addition, we see his fantasies invade the mind and corrupt the ability to decipher real from unreal. For a normal person watching the film, you might think he is just a poor misunderstood genius. However, viewing the film as a nursing student learning about psychiatric disorders, the movie
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Nash’s wife tries to come to grips with his disease truly puts into perspective how families must feel trying to deal with loved ones. She is angry, with guilt and confusion trying to help him. Mental illness takes a toll on families. There are only so many chances that loved ones can take, especially if the delusions lead to abuse and violence (Videbeck, 2014 p. 274). Mr. Nash admitted he was not sure if he really would have hurt his wife and child (Howard, 2002). Patients are confused and helpless as to which is real and which is not. I truly gained a new perspective, one of deep empathy for both John Nash and his wife. All they wanted was what most people want; to be successful, have a family and enjoy life. I admire her strength and courage as she helped him through his

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