A Beautiful Mind Essay

618 Words Nov 17th, 2011 3 Pages
A Beautiful Mind
John Nash- A brilliant mathematician, John’s troubles begin during his time at Princeton. He begins to hallucinate, consistently carrying on conversations and relationships with people who never existed. To make matters worse, he is already anti-social, and has a tendency to isolate and bury himself in work. As time passes, his condition worsens. He begins to believe that there is this elaborate scheme against him; he believes he is being forced to work for the government to decipher codes. That they inserted a coded chip in order to keep track of him, and if he doesn’t comply with their wishes, they will expose him to the Russians, who in turn will kill him. This interferes with his personal and work life tremendously.
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Currently, behavioral health professionals agree that the criteria for abnormal behavior include statistical infrequency, disability or dysfunction, personal distress, and violation of norms.
In the movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” John Nash displays classic positive symptoms of a schizophrenic. This movie does a great job in portraying the personality and daily suffering of someone who is affected by the disease, although it does not give a completely historically accurate account. In the film, John Nash would fall into the category of a paranoid schizophrenic, portraying all the symptoms that are typical for this illness. According to the DSM-IV-TR (2000), the definition of a paranoid schizophrenic is the following: “The essential feature of the Paranoid Type of Schizophrenia is the presence of prominent delusions or auditory hallucinations in the context of a relative preservation of cognitive functioning and affect.” These are accurate to what is shown in the movie. It goes on to say that “Delusions are typically persecutory or grandiose, or both, but delusions with other themes (i.e., jealousy or religiosity) may also occur. The delusions may be multiple, but are usually organized around a coherent theme. Hallucinations are also typically related to the content of the delusional theme.” His symptoms are also primarily positive and according to the DSM-IV-TR (2000), a positive schizophrenic can be

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