Essay about A Beautiful Mind By Sylvia Nasar

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Oscar winning film, A Beautiful Mind, based off the biography novel by Sylvia Nasar, portrays Dr. John Forbes Nash Jr., an acclaimed mathematic genius who suffered with a very debilitating mental illness. It depicts his struggles in life as he tried navigating his work, family life, and his own mental health. John Nash was a visionary man with an extraordinary mind. He saw things in such different ways that most people couldn 't see, however these same visions were also the ones that essentially haunted him, thus ruining any chances at a normal life. At age 30, he was attending graduate school at Princeton University, and he was working at MIT. He began to experience some strange psychological symptoms that ultimately led to him being diagnosed with a serious case of paranoid schizophrenia. Paranoid schizophrenia is defined as "prominent delusions or hallucinations in a person whose reasoning and emotional responses are relatively well preserved" (Miller 2004). According to Nolen-Hoeksema (2014), these delusions can be categorized into persecutory delusions, somatic delusions, grandiose delusions, delusions of reference, and other subcategories. Older versions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) of schizophrenia listed paranoid schizophrenia as a subtype. People like John Nash who suffered with the illness would have hallucinations and delusions called persecution delusions and grandiosity delusions, which involve the patient feeling as if…

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