Essay about Identifying And Dealing With Schizophrenia

3024 Words Nov 3rd, 2014 13 Pages
Psyc 106 D900
Nov 4 2014
Amarpreet Kaur Grewal
301221829
Film Review Assignment
Identifying and Dealing With Schizophrenia

For a film to accurately portray a mental illness, characters that come to life in terms of how they are depicted in every action, and their persona is vital. In Ron Howard’s “A Beautiful Mind” Russell Crowe elegantly captures the positive symptoms and standard characteristics displayed by ones suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Despite minor supplants, through Russell Crowe’s representation of John Nash, “A Beautiful Mind” provides an appropriate overview of schizophrenia as an intricate disorder with an altered view of reality. By the same token, there have been advances in treating this ailment today that were perhaps missing during the time period of this film.

Subsequently, the acknowledgement of schizophrenia has only been present for about a hundred years, discovered in 1887 by Dr. Emil Kraepelin. In Ron Howard’s “A Beautiful Mind”, John Nash has Schizophrenia in the 1950s, an era where scientific understanding was quite different than that of today. This film depicts the fact that people from that generation were not as aware of mental illness as they might be today. According to Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health, mental disorders were stereotyped without proper scientific understanding. Ones in the community experienced difficulty in differentiating psychology ailments from ordinary sadness, stress or worry. Only severe behaviour…

Related Documents