Kimberly S. McGhee
C04.V.9.1/Introduction to Psychology
April 13, 2015
I chose to do my assignment on the movie, “A Beautiful Mind”. I’ve watched this film many times even prior to taking this class. I’ve always enjoyed how realistic it was and the great acting. I have real life experience in dealing with schizophrenia, as one of my uncles had it. I got to see him actively psychotic, delusional and suffering from paranoia. Therefore, I thought this would be the most appropriate movie for me to review.
Schizophrenia is a psychiatric disorder that affects a person’s personality due to emotional instability and loss of contact with reality. It is also ...view middle of the document...
He considered himself as intellectually superior as compared to his classmates and thus was not involved in sports and dances with his classmates and this engender him to suffer social rejection. Nash’s behavior made his interaction with society difficult, leading to stable feelings of persecution and thus is a symptom of Schizophrenia.
He progressed well in life until 1958 (at age 30) when he suffered from paranoia. Nash had real and delusional friends, and you do not know some are delusions until late in the movie. His wife realized that Nash was deteriorating and she had him admitted into a Psychiatric hospital in 1959. There, he was diagnosed with depression and Paranoid Schizophrenia.
During the 1960’s-1970’’s, Nash was repeatedly admitted to psychiatric hospitals where insulin shock therapy was administered along with antipsychotic medications. He stopped taking these medicines due to their numerous side effects, one of them being sexual dysfunctions. His symptoms gradually worsened as he smoked more cigarettes, dressed shabbily, and ate very little, thus making his health worse.
His wife encouraged him to work in community settings where his eccentricities would be more likely to be accepted. His symptoms began to gradually improve. This was an initial stage of recovery as care provided by the community alongside the active family support enables the sufferer to regain confidence in the community. This also shows that community oriented treatment have a good prognosis as opposed to locking up in and institution.
Nash was able to recover with unconditional support by his wife, his determination to recover, his phobia of institutionalization the passion he had for his care and anticipation for reorganizing his pre-schizophrenia social functioning. Nash experienced all the stages of coping with Schizophrenia. 1. Comprehension, 2. Managing, 3. Belonging, 4. Neutralizing, 5. Valuing. Nash comprehended his condition, he managed it...