Analysis of Psychopathology
In today’s media productions, schizophrenia is fairly popular as a representation of mental disorders. For instance, the movie A Beautiful Mind is based on John Nash life. John is a Nobel Prize winning mathematician who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. His work and contribution to the game theory overthrew the then accepted concepts about economics (Howard, 2001).
It was after these achievements that John later succumbed to paranoid schizophrenia. The discussions below will focus on the attributes of the disorder as depicted in the movie, as well as, conducting an evaluation of the film in terms of whether it offers an ideal description of schizophrenia.
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This clearly depicts his paranoia. Lastly, less serious symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia are depicted, these includes motor disturbances, social withdrawal, and blunt emotion. John belief that he is superior and unique makes him social impaired. Also, in the film, there are many instances where John shows flat emotion.
For instance, there is a scene where John is showed holding his own baby who crying loudly, the child crying does not seem to elicit any kind of emotion or response from him (Howard, 2001). Motor abnormalities include John’s forehead touching while talking; this may reflect his low self-esteem.
Goldberg, F. R. (2011). Schizophrenia: A Case Study of the Movie A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Beneficial Film Guides.
Howard, R. (Director). (2001). A Beautiful Mind [Motion Picture].
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