After witnessing a shootout, John begins developing paranoid schizophrenia and the movie focus on the terrible life struggle of his life due to his illness. The film characterizes many of the symptoms and displays treatments which are effective in alleviating schizophrenic symptoms. Finally with the support of his wife Alicia and his friends he finds the way to manage his illness (A Beautiful Mind, 2001). Schizophrenia is characterized by abnormalities in perception, content of thought, and thought processes. It is also identified by extensive withdrawal of interest from other people and the outside world as in the case of Nash (Insel, 2010).
Also, there were three patients that committed suicide because of what jack Nicholson put in motion. 4) I have a better understanding on how mental illness affects people in life after watching the movie. A mental disorder is a very difficult situation for the person with the disorder, as well as their family. Some disorders are worse than others. For this reason society needs to express importance when it comes to noticing them.
Before that he was tormenting and made Gein live a hell on earth. Even though George Gein’s personality may not have been fully betrayed throughout Ed’s life due to his alcoholism, he affected Ed in ways he may not have been fully aware of. According to Dr. Michael Windle, " from prenatal influences leading to learning and memory problems, to vulnerabilities in behavioral control and aggression in adulthood, a significant number of COAs exhibit psychological and/or interpersonal difficulties. In fact, COAs can be differentiated from nondistressed and psychiatric comparison groups in regard to such factors as personality characteristics, depressive symptomatology, and educational attainments.” George’s alcohol abuse could have given Ed a lot more aggression especially when he started to grow up and realize the type of person his father really was. Side effects to being an alcoholic included violence, which Ed knew way to well.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that most often requires multiple therapies that help a person manage their mental disease. For the larger portion of individuals with schizophrenia a combination of psychotropic medication and a psychosocial therapy is most successful (Townsend, 2008). Schizophrenia has been reviewed and presented in steps for nursing to help diagnose people. The cause of the mental disease remains a puzzle to psychiatrists, but identifying the type and care needed for people is clear. Schizophrenia can be managed, but it requires the assistance of medication and possibly other therapies.
He presented himself so that I empathized with the main character and his struggle to find the truth, answers, help the other patients, and escape off the island. In the beginning, I was just as suspicious as the main character, which was convinced that he was being drugged to be experimented on. It was not until the very end of the movie through the explanation of Doctor Cawley that the audience and I realized the main character was actually a patient there because of his severe case of PTSD, which is also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. The PTSD is what triggered his Dissociative Identity Disorder, which is the existence in one individual of two or more distinct personality states that each have its own patterns of perceiving, relating and thinking of environment. Andrew Latus (Leonardo DiCaprio) was in the army during the time of World War 11 during which time he had to endure millions of deaths and traumas.
Issues in the Law: The Insanity Defense Applied to the Indigent Defendant Introduction In United States, an increasing number of mentally ill individuals are criminally prosecuted through the justice system, making it appear as though federal and state correctional institutions are being used as the 21st century’s version of psychiatric hospitals. Yet the government of the United States affords some special considerations for mentally ill individuals that are facing prosecution for their accused crimes. For instance, guilt is determined differently for those with severe mental illnesses through the insanity defense. Throughout this paper, I will examine the insanity defense and the complications it may present for impoverished defendants,
This movie provides an excellent opportunity to learn about schizophrenia, a disease that impairs an individual’s perceptions, concentration, and social interaction and thus, making it quite disabling. The symptoms of schizophrenia that were identified in the movie were: antisocial behavior, hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech and paranoia. The great thing about this movie is that is written and filmed from the perspective of a person with schizophrenia as well as the perspective of others. It presents not only what is observed about John through society’s reality; it also demonstrates what drives John internally through his unique reality. It shows how an action or behavior of a person with schizophrenia can appear to be bizarre to an observer but appear so appropriate to the person experiencing it.
A Beautiful Mind The story of John Nash’s life long struggle with schizophrenia and the excellent telling of that story were very compelling to me. I was drawn into the narrative and its content to the point it was very difficult for me to “dissect” the movie down to its component form. It was only in a second and a third viewing (at 2x speed with audio off) that I was able to note the cinematic language of lighting, camera angles, camera movement, and point of view. I was drawn into the movie by the use of pattern and the resulting expectation. Initially, I completely bought into the characters that turned out to be creations of Nash’s mind.
The codes pop out of the paper to him, and everything makes sense. Even though the codes are imaginary. Nash figures out mathematical formulas, and actually modifies a theory that had been accepted in its field. Nash states that he cannot do his work without the hallucinations. Nash completely breaks down, and he thinks he is being held against his will by the Russians, when in reality he is schizophrenic.