"A Beautiful Mind" and the Experience of Schizophrenia
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The paper offers a description of the mental illness of schizophrenia and then looks at the movie "A Beautiful Mind" about the mathematician John Nash and his experience with schizophrenia. The paper looks at several different views on the veracity of "A Beautiful Mind" that either highlight the inaccuracies or the positive message of the movie, and asserts that while the movie clearly has its errors, the hope is that it may eliminate some of the stigma attached to mental illness and generate interest in schizophrenia as well as other disabling psychiatric diseases. The paper also posits that Nash's story offers anecdotal evidence that some people with schizophrenia are able to substantially recover.
From the Paper:"In the movie A Beautiful Mind, the mathematician John Nash becomes so disturbed with schizophrenia that he is unable to work. Javitt and Coyle (2004) explain that Nash's experiences are both typical and atypical of others with schizophrenia. Of the millions of victims of schizophrenia worldwide, the majority remain mostly disabled as adults. Instead of being a genius as Nash, a large number may be below-average in intelligence even prior to showing any signs of the illness. When becoming symptomatic, their IQ may decline further. Only a small number are able to hold meaningful jobs. About 15 percent end up in prison for small crimes and vagrancy or in mental health facilities. Approximately 60 percent are impoverished, and 1 in 20 become homeless. With little social support, they often become victims of crime.
"Javitt and Coyle (2004) add that medications do exist for schizophrenia, but they do not always work or have other side effects. Antipsychotics, the most-used medication, only eliminate all symptoms in 20 percent of the ill. Even those who do get better with the medicine often stop taking it because of the side effects, want to feel as they did previously, or are not receiving the mental health support needed."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Javitt, D.C., & Coyle, J.T. (2004) Decoding Schizophrenia: A Fuller Understanding of Signaling in the Brain of People with this Disorder Offers New Hope for Improved Therapy Retrieved October 30, 2009. http://www.schizophrenia.com/New/Jan04/SciAmer.htm
- Keefe, R.S.E., and Harvey, P.D. (2002) Schizophrenia. McGraw--Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology 16, New York: McGraw-Hill, 108-111.
- Kelly, B.D., & Feeney, L. (2002) Irish Journal of Medical Science 171( 3), 106-116
- Kingdom, D.G., & Turkingnon, D. (1991) The use of cognitive behavior therapy with a normalizing rationale in schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis 179, 207-211.
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Cite this Film Review:
"A Beautiful Mind" and the Experience of Schizophrenia (2012, May 22) Retrieved January 17, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/a-beautiful-mind-and-the-experience-of-schizophrenia-151114/
""A Beautiful Mind" and the Experience of Schizophrenia" 22 May 2012. Web. 17 January. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/film-review/a-beautiful-mind-and-the-experience-of-schizophrenia-151114/>