John Nash's Life and Schizophrenia

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On June 13, 1928, the adventure of John Nash's life had begun. Nash excelled academically from a young age, he was able to skip a grade, and soon after was accepted into Princeton University. He was considered one of the best mathematicians of his day. In time Nash developed schizophrenia; talking about himself in third person, writing in cryptic formulas on Princeton's blackboards, and calling his old colleagues. Then he was prescribed anti-psychotic and made a slow recovery, until he became frightened of the possible side effects and stopped taking his medication. With all the pain he suffered, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and with unknown causes he began to recover and in 1994 John Nash was awarded one of the highest honors, the Noble Prize in Economic (“People and Events: John Nash (1928-)” par. 1-3-5-8-9-10-11-12). The article, “History of Schizophrenia” states, “Written documents that identify Schizophrenia can be traced to the old Pharaonic Egypt, as far back as the second millennium before Christ” ( par. 2). Details about schizophrenia can be found before Christ was born, written documentation describing the symptoms of this disease was in the Books of Hearts. In that period it was believed that the schizophrenia originated from the blood vessels, fecal matter, poison, or demons (“History of Schizophrenia” par.2). Schizophrenia is defined as “ a group of severe brain disorders in which people interpret reality abnormally” (“Schizophrenia” par.1). When someone has schizophrenia, what they believe is reality may be far from it. In other words, schizophrenia causes one to believe they are speaking to people who are not there, imagine they are somewhere they are not, or see things that may not even exis...

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