Essay about An Inaccurate Perception Of Mental Illness

761 Words Dec 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the way a person thinks, behaves and views the world. A Schizophrenic may experience delusions, auditory and visual hallucinations, disorganized speech and actions, and negative symptoms such as lack of interest or emotions. In today’s society many people claim to know about schizophrenia because they once watched movie or T.V series and they picked up the characteristics of the character that was “schizophrenic”. Which is wrong, many of us are given an inaccurate perception of mental illness through the media although some guidelines such as causation and treatment may be accurate, normally symptoms and many other misconceptions are made and falsely represented.

From a research stand point the causation of schizophrenia cannot be pin pointed to one exact reason, rather it is said to be both genetic and environmental (Smith, 2015). In the movie “Black Swan” (Aronofsky, "Black Swan"), Nina the main character progresses down the correct path of environmental factors that could influence the onset of schizophrenia. Nina experiences a psychotic break from being under high stress, suffers from a form of abuse, and also falls into the correct age range of 15-25 years old. (Gogtay, 2011). What distinguish a schizophrenic from the average person is not being able to tell what is real and what isn’t in daily activities. Hallucinations and delusions would make it hard to maintain relationships and jobs. In the movie “A Beautiful Mind”…

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