The film, A Beautiful Mind (2001) is the fictional account of the life of a mathematician and the Nobel Prize-winning economist, John Forbes Nash, Jr. in his struggles with schizophrenia. The film was inspired from the unauthorized biography of the same name written by Sylvia Nasar (Wikipedia). Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder through which a person has difficulty in interpreting reality which may result to the combinations of hallucinations, delusions, and disordered thinking and behavior though this disease is not associated and cannot be referred to with split-personality but it is solely pertinent to disruption of natural balance of thinking and emotions (Mayo ...view middle of the document...
He later claims to have been pursued by the Russians and over time becomes paranoid, fearing for his life and for his family. While admitted to a mental institution, Mr. Nash cut himself in the wrist to look for the implant that he claimed to have been inserted.
Unfortunately, Charles Herman, Marcee and even William Parcher and his mission did not exist. The investigations of Dr. Rosen, the psychiatrist administering Mr. Nash, found out that Mr. Nash is alone at his dorm during his stay at Princeton, and that there is no student by the name of Charles Herman admitted during that time. The Wheeler Labs does not have any record for any employee by the name of William Parcher (A Beautiful Life (film), 2001).
III. Medication and Recovery
Dr. Rosen administered Mr. Nash insulin shocks five times a week for ten weeks, and then prescribed medications for maintenance. His hallucinations and delusions stopped during the time of his medication however he suffered from the medications side effects such as loss of sex-drive, inability to focus, and tend to stare at space. When he stopped his meds sometime, his hallucinations came back however, instead of taking higher dosage of insulin shocks and new medications, he chose to find a way to distinguish reality from delusions and ignore hallucinations. At the end of the movie though, he implied to have taken newer medications (A Beautiful Life (film), 2001).
IV. DSM IV-TR Evaluation
During the study of the case of Mr. Nash, I have come up with this DSM IV- TR Multi-axial Evaluation.
Axis I 295.30 Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type
780.09 Delirium NOS