Schizophrenia In A Beautiful Mind

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The movie A Beautiful Mind shows the range of symptoms and complications of the mental disorder schizophrenia, and also the quest for recovery and return to normal life through proper treatment. The movie presents the typical symptoms of schizophrenia and presents a combination of treatment methods to help Dr. John Nash battle his demons. A Beautiful Mind adequately depicts the struggle of doctors in their quest to find a cure an adequate treatment.
In the movie, A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe plays Dr. John Nash; a brilliant mathematician who came up with the game theory of used in economics today and won the Nobel Prize, about 40 years later, in 1994. He is about 31-years-old when he develops schizophrenia and suffers a mental breakdown.
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Schizophrenia is not the same as having a split personality or a multiple personality. People with schizophrenia have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary, and may be withdrawn or have trouble expressing normal emotions in social situations. Dr. Nash is very smart, but there are times he loses his mind. His mind swings between real and an imaginary world.
In the film, Nash relies on anti-psychotic drugs during the worst periods of his illness, and his illness flares up when he is not taking them, then seems to improve. But he stops the drugs because the medications make him lose his sex drive and he does not have energy to take care of his baby.
He ends up in the mental institution. While in a mental institution, Nash is treated with insulin coma therapy, in which patients are given insulin to induce a comatose state that lasts about 15 to 60 minutes, five times a week for 10 weeks. The scenes as shown in the movie, are horrific. Apparently this therapy is no longer in use
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There is no treatment for schizophrenia but there are medications and therapies to help manage the symptoms and live a full life. Antipsychotic medications such as Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) are being used. But one of the side effects is that the patients lose white blood cells. These medications are known to have negative reactions with other medications even herbs. It is also difficult to wean the patient off these medications.
Psychosocial therapy is good for people with schizophrenia who are already stabilized on antipsychotic medication. Psychosocial therapy help these patients deal with the everyday challenges of the illness, such as difficulty with communication, self-care, work, and forming and keeping relationships. The patients learn coping mechanisms that help them address these problems, socialize and live a regular life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy can help the patient with schizophrenia refocus his or her thoughts. It is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on thinking and behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help patients with symptoms that do not go away even when they take medication. The therapist teaches people with schizophrenia how to evaluate the reality of their thoughts and perceptions, how not to listen to those extra voices and see those imaginary people, and how to manage their symptoms
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