Schizophrenia is a prominentdisorder of the brain that can result in drastic effects on personality,behavior, and mood. Less than one percent of the world is inhibited byschizophrenia (Saha et al., 2005) yet fifty percent of mental hospitalspatients throughout the country arediagnosed with some form of schizophrenia. Although people are hindered manyhave managed to live their normal lives day to day. (Lamb & Bachrach, 2001;Mueser & McGurk, 2004)In the film A Beautiful Mind the main character John Forbes Nash Jr.
, abrilliant mathematician and economist, suffers from schizophrenia. Throughoutthe movie you will see John live with his disorder through a large part of hislife as he goes through college and through his adult life trying to make senseof what is real and what is in his head. Referring to the DSM-5 disorders, John Nashsuffers from paranoid schizophrenia falling into the positive symptoms as heexhibits hallucinations and delusions. The National Institute of Mental Healthsays “Positive symptoms arepsychotic behaviors not generally seen in healthy people. People with positivesymptoms may “lose touch” with some aspects of reality.” (“Schizophrenia” 2016) which John certainlyshowed during the movie.
He had hallucinations receiving information from spaceand truly believed they were real, his schizophrenia convincing him it was aserious matter that he was dealing with. He soon began to lose touch withreality as his behavior and feelings began to be altered under the pressure ofwhat he thought he was seeing. His mental disorder began to consume him,affecting his home life, work, and his marriage, soon driving him to the edge. There istreatment available if John Nash was looking for it in this time period.Different options include antipsychotics, a medicine that can be taken orallyor through injections. There is psychosocial treatments which are usually usedafter finding an antipsychotic.
The treatment helps to learn how to cope withschizophrenia on a day to day basis as the patient lives a normal life. Thelast treatment that can be used is coordinated specialty care. “This treatmentmodel integrates medication, psychosocial therapies, case management, familyinvolvement, and supported education and employment services, all aimed atreducing symptoms and improving quality of life.” (“Schizophrenia” 2016) Schizophreniacan be a challenging mental battle day to day there are ways to cope and seekout a normal, prosperous life. John Nash Jr. in A Beautiful Mind is proof of that. He struggled for years and dealtwith hallucinations head on.
Schizophrenia symptoms can be overwhelming andcompelling as they seem so realistic and that is why it can be such a difficultmental disorder to deal with. With modern medicine and technology schizophreniais becoming easier to control so that more have the opportunity for aflourishing life.