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  1. Introduction.
  2. The first appearance of John Nash.
  3. The symptoms that Nash exhibits in the movie.
    1. A diagnosis of autism.
    2. Overcoming the symptoms that prevented him from developing a significant relationship.
    3. how long did John Nash exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia.
    4. The negative symptom of asociality.
    5. The flat affect.
    6. Anhedonia.
  4. A psychodynamic approach to treatment.
  5. Psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan.
    1. A gradual, nonthreatening development of a trusting relationship.
    2. Psychodynamic approach to schizophrenia combined with appropriate medications.
  6. Conclusion.

?Imagine if you suddenly learned that the people, the places, the moments most important to you were not gone, not dead, but worse, had never been. What kind of hell would that be?? (Grazer & Howard, 2001). The hell described in the previous quote is the hell of schizophrenia; of learning that one has the disease, and much of what they considered to be reality is, in fact, a delusion. Hallucinations, delusions, flat affect, bizarre behavior, and more, are all common symptoms of schizophrenia. In the movie A Beautiful Mind, directed by Ron Howard, the main character, John Nash, exhibits many of these symptoms over the course of the film. The symptoms portrayed in this character could, at first glance, lead to several possible diagnoses.

[...] Once it is evident that what the viewer thought was reality is truly Nash's delusions and hallucinations, a diagnosis of schizophrenia is the best possible conclusion to be made. Following the DSM-IV criteria, it is evident that John Nash does, in fact, have schizophrenia. Davison, Neale, and Kring (2004) state that according to the DSM-IV, a patient must meet the following criteria to be diagnosed with schizophrenia: or more of the following symptoms for a significant portion of time for at least 1 month: delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, disorganized or catatonic behavior, negative symptoms ?Social and occupational functioning have declined since onset ?Signs of disturbance for at least 6 months; at least 1 month duration for the symptoms in the first bullet; during the remaining time either negative symptoms or other symptoms from the first bullet in attenuated form Based on this information, it is possible to make an accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia. [...]


[...] His friend is not sure of how to react until Nash laughs and tells him it was a joke. Other than this one scene, Nash's behavior while was as described above, making it evident that his normal functioning was seriously impaired. As a result of these feelings, Nash chooses to stop taking his medicine. In fact, this is a reason that many schizophrenia patients choose to go off their drug treatments. They do not feel as though they are themselves anymore, and they feel that the side effects of the medicine are worse than the illness itself. [...]


[...] But it is also possible that the right therapy would have avoided this situation altogether, and for Nash and schizophrenia patients like Nash, it could mean a new chance at life. John Nash and countless others have to live with a diagnosis of schizophrenia every day, but they deserve every opportunity as those without mental illness to establish careers, meaningful relationships, and families. Nash's genius earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, but he did not give credit to himself, but to his wife Alicia, stating are the reason I am. You are all my reasons,? (Grazer & Howard, 2001). Works Cited Grazer, B. (Producer), Howard, R. (Director). (2001). A [...]

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