Share via Print Studies done in the s, before medications for schizophrenia were available, found that about 20 percent of patients recovered on their own, while 80 percent did not. But how often do people recover from schizophrenia, and how does such a destructive disease disappear? Nash developed symptoms of schizophrenia in the late s, when he was around age 30, after he made groundbreaking contributions to the field of mathematics, including the extension of game theory, or the math of decision making.
His relationships with his family, friends, and colleagues are disrupted by the intrusiveness of the symptoms of his mental illness, especially because he is perceived as being so smart and the bizarre behaviors he exhibits are so incongruent with the perceptions that others had of him.
The strange behavior provoked by his symptoms of schizophrenia seems even more difficult to understand because the onset of his mental illness occurs at a later age than is typical.
It is not unusual for a visual or an auditory hallucination to be a distorted form of an individual or object that once had a certain significance, whether positive or negative, for the schizophrenia suffering individual.
Once he has begun his descent into the world of schizophrenia and goes deeper into mental illness, Nash has increasing difficulty relating to the people around him.
Even before the onset of his mental illness, he admits that he is not a particularly personable individual, and he has always been more comfortable and satisfied with numbers and his work than with people.
Nonetheless, he is able, before his illness, to forge several significant relationships, including a romantic relationship that leads to his marriage to Alicia.
Over time, however, the increased frequency, intensity, and persistence of his symptoms prove to be incredibly distracting, and even dangerous, putting the people that he loves in difficult and unsafe situations. While experiencing a hallucination, Nash leaves his son, who he is bathing, in water by himself, and the child almost drowns.
When he is not experiencing symptoms and when he can recognize that he has been hallucinatory, he feels terribly remorseful about such episodes. However, characteristic of schizophrenia, when he is in the throes of a hallucination or other symptom, he finds it impossible to distinguish between reality and the state into which he has entered.
This state proves difficult for people, even those who love him deeply, to understand. When he is symptomatic, the power of the hallucinatory figures who haunt him, especially Parcher, encourage him to harm his loved ones, and it is as if he never knew or cared about them.Representations of Mental Illness in the Film “A Beautiful Mind” Posted by Nicole Smith, Dec 7, Film Comments Closed Print The film “A Beautiful Mind" effectively portrays the life of a person living with schizophrenia and offers viewers several comments on the effects of mental illness without limiting the scope to simply this aspect.
All his obituaries repeat the formula, and the assumption of the book about his life and the subsequent movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” leave this assumption unchallenged. A Beautiful Mind is a powerful account of the life of Nobel Prize winner and mathematician John Nash.
The movie depicts Nash's journey through life with schizophrenia. Nash displays many characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations, delusions, fear of persecution, and lack of interpersonal relationships. In the film " A Beautiful Mind" John Nash experiences a few different positive symptoms.
The first of these positive symptoms are seen through the hallucinations John has of having a room -mate while at Princeton. A Beautiful Mind is an inspiring story about triumph over schizophrenia, among the most devastating and disabling of all mental disorders.
A Beautiful Mind succeeds in realistically describing the disturbed thinking, emotion, perception, and behavior that characterizes the disorder, and shows the difficult task of management of and/or recovery. Mental health experts are applauding A Beautiful Mind for creating a better understanding of schizophrenia, although some say the Hollywood version of John Nash's life does sometimes take.