Essay about Ron Howard's, A Beautiful Mind
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In Ron Howard's work, A Beautiful Mind, depicts the real life account of Professor John Nash and his struggle with paranoid Schizophrenia. The topic of mental illness has become popularized as of late, particularly in popular media (film, television). This focus on mental disorders has greatly improved awareness of mental disorders, but this media has become a double edged sword. The same process that educates people (ie these films and shows) can also disseminate largely false or misleading information. In the film, both sides of this information distribution phenomena are expressed. To evaluate the effectiveness of the movie to accurately describe the occurrence of paranoid Schizophrenia one must look at the accuracy of the onset,…show more content…
Seeing as Nash's experiences in the film follow the Type II diagnosis (DSM-IV-TR) one could reasonably expect that his symptoms would follow in the same diagnostic pattern. But, instead of coming on slowly and consistently, these auditory and visual hallucinations come on acutely (actually almost immediately). This extremely acute onset of serious symptoms is out of line with what should be occurring. What should be shown is slowly deteriorating symptoms that are in line with increasingly complex delusions. The onset of delusions after the hallucinations is also outside the norm of the differential of Schizophrenia, although not impossible. The second depicted area that needs to be inspected is the range of symptoms expressed in the film. There are three areas of symptoms that need to be checked for accuracy. First, the most easily identifiable by the viewing audience, are the visual hallucinations that he experiences. There are several inconsistencies between those symptoms that he experiences and those that Nash suffered. The first inconsistency that occurs is that Nash never actually experienced visual hallucinations. Actually, it is extremely rare for Schizophrenics to suffer from both visual and auditory hallucinations. The second inconsistency in the presentation of his (supposed) visual hallucinations is the vividness of the hallucinations. The vast majority of visual symptoms are described as "out of
Analysis of the Film, A Beautiful Mind Essay
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Analysis of the film "A Beautiful Mind"
In the movie, "A Beautiful Mind", the main character, John Nash, is a mathematician who suffers from schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is actually the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses and it distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, interprets reality and relates to others.
The movie, "A Beautiful Mind", John Nash, who is played by Russell Crowe, is a true story about a mathematician whose life is horrific because of his disease, schizophrenia. He was an egocentric man who studied Mathematics in Princeton University. During the whole time that he studied in Princeton, he was trying to come up with his own original idea. He felt that by only…show more content…
These symptoms are: Delusions which are strange beliefs that are not based in reality. Another positive symptom are hallucinations which makes people hear voices, feel touched when they are not touched and see things that are not really there.
The disorganized symptoms are the symptoms that affect a person's ability to think clearly. These symptoms include talking in sentences that do not make sense which causes difficulty in communicating; changing quickly from one thought to the next; moving slowly; being unable to make choices; and forgetting or losing things and repeating the same steps, such as walking in circles.
The negative symptoms are the symptoms that reflect the nonappearance of certain normal behaviors and these symptoms usually appears first and then the other type of symptoms occur. Negative symptoms can be confused with depression. These symptoms are: lack of emotions and expressions; withdrawal from friends, family and social activities; reduced energy; loss of pleasure or interest in life; poor hygiene; and catatonia, a condition in which a person becomes fixed in a single position for a very long time.
There are four basic subtypes of Schizophrenia. These are paranoid schizophrenia which is when people are preoccupied with false beliefs about being persecuted or being punished by someone. Their thinking, speech, and emotions remain fairly normal. Secondly, disorganized