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A Beautiful
Mind a Brilliant Madness

Domonique
Allen

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Geri
Acquard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.      
What differences did you see between the life of John
Nash shown in the commercial film A
Beautiful Mind (2001) and the life shown in the documentary, A Brilliant Madness (2002)?  Make
sure you discuss the differences in family, the differences in
hospitalizations, and the differences in the influence of his Math colleagues.
(10 pts)

There are differences between the commercial film A Beautiful Mind and the documentary, A
Brilliant Madness. The movie and the documentary both have
their own ways of telling the story of John Nash. The movies focus was on how Nash deals
with Schizophrenia, while the documentary goes into more detail about his personal life and how his relationships
affected his life. In the movie, Nash’s personal life was extremely difficult.
An example is that the movie does not show Nash getting divorced with his first wife, Alicia Nash, and his childhood only showed in
the documentary. One thing that also was different between the two was the
way the types of treatment he was receiving. His treatment in the documentary he was explaining himself how he was treated, which
brought many different feelings then the movie. In the movie, his treatment
was only showed in short clips. The final difference that was the help from his math colleagues. The documentary showed how his
colleagues helped him recover from his divorce from Alicia and helped him save
his job while he was still getting treatment. In the movie, they were mostly shown after Nash came back from being in the hospital,
and when he was trying to get his job back. These were some of the
differences found between the commercial film and the documentary (A Beautiful Mind, 2001) (A Brilliant
Madness, 2002). (235)

B.      
If you were the psychologist examining John
Nash, what symptoms would you say he exhibited that would lead you to conclude
he suffered from schizophrenia? Refer to textbook
(page 653) and describe a minimum of 3 symptoms John exhibited and provide
examples from the commercial film. What treatments were utilized with John
Nash (in the commercial film and in the documentary) and how effective do you
think each were/why? Make sure you
describe all 3 treatments covered in both films and their effectiveness.  (15 pts)

The symptoms that I would conclude that he had
suffered from schizophrenia were delusions of persecution and delusions of reference.
In the film A
Beautiful Minds (2001), Nash returns to Princeton where
he is greeted by a man, Parcher, who works for Department of Defense. He tells
Nash that he is needed at the United States Department
of Defense facility at the Pentagon to help them crack a complex encryption from an enemy telecommunication. Nash is then able to
decipher the code with his brain, which shocks all the other code
breakers. Another scene is when Parcher gives him a new assignment to look for patterns in magazines and in newspapers to see if the
soviets were plotting anything. He is to write and report his findings
and put them into a special mail box. This leads to the Russians chasing him and shooting at him, which causes him to become paranoid that they
are trying to harm him. The agent that he met was a hallucination. He was
never real, and he made Nash believe that he was getting secret messages from the Soviets which is delusion of reference. He
believes that they are only meant for him and no one else when nothing is really
for him. The other is delusion of persecution, which is the idea that people
are planning to harm them. This was shown in when the Russian came after Nash,
causing him to believe that they were planning to harm
him. This made Nash paranoid causing him to become even more stressful. This is evidence that could concluded that he had
suffered from schizophrenia. (270)

C.      
Refer to your textbook (pages 654-658) for
current explanations for the causes and biochemical origins of
schizophrenia.  Make sure you name
and describe all 3 causes discussed in textbook. Include a separate
discussion of the diathesis-stress explanation page 639) and how that’s related
to the nature-nurture issue. (12 pts)

 

The treatments that Nash was given in A Beautiful Mind 2001,was the insulin shock therapy which was when a patient was given huge amounts of
insulin to kill bad brain cells in order for brand new ones to replace them. He also was using medication which made him feel
foggy. The shock therapy was not very helpful because they made him even
scared. He describes them as “tortured” because they were so painful. Nash went of his medication because it affected his ability
to think, reason, and to do his work. So, it did work because it took his
hallucinations away, but it affected his ability to do things. Shock therapy did not work because with the medicine began to stop feeling
normal. It does work, but the cost is not being the same. Today there are
therapies that could help people with this disorder like cognitive-behavioral therapy could help. It would provide treatment for
residual symptoms. It would help draw on the principles strategies developed for
anxiety and depression. They would establish links between feelings, actions, and collaborate with the patient to help find
more peace. Overall, Nash’s treatments were effective. They did cause for him
to lose the ability to think, but at the same time got rid of most of his problems. (217)

D.   
Analyze the mental health changes in John Nash,
both in the development of the disorder and his subsequent recovery shown
throughout the commercial film?  Are the changes similar or
dissimilar to the changes shown in the documentary?  Is the
portrayal of schizophrenia supported by what you have learned from the
materials in your textbook? This should
not be a personal opinion! (10 pts)

 

In Okami (2014, p. 654),
Genetics seems to be a dominant cause for schizophrenia, it is now beyond doubt that some sets of genes are in causing a person to be
vulnerable to developing schizophrenia. There have been numerous studies to show that
a person with a family member with the disorder has a greater risk. That is if they are closely genetically related. It could also
have to deal with an imbalance of dopamine may cause the disorder. Neither
nature nor nurture alone are responsible for the brain chem and development. Besides genes, the environment in which the person is
in or grew up in can have an effect to. A person who is has both a genetic
vulnerability to the disorder and have exposure under certain conditions that contribute to the onset of the illness is known as
diathesis stress model. This is basically saying that certain experiences and
being genetically vulnerable can lead to a disorder. What scientist think is happening can be when someone who is schizophrenic is young
they can get early brain damage while they are still in the womb. This
can cause neurotransmitter problems in the brain. Another is that the temporal lobe is smaller in them as well, same with the hippocampus
and amygdala. What evidence supports genetics is in the documentary,
Nash’s son develops schizophrenia. This shows evidence that his son had a high chance of obtaining it through genetics. (239)

E.    
Based on the films, discuss the stigmas
associated with having schizophrenia by providing examples from the commercial
movie. Finally, what insights did the commercial movie give you about the challenges
of caring for a person with schizophrenia? (discuss impact on work,
interactions with his son, and his spouse) (10
pts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Grazer, B. (Producer), & Howard,
R. (Director). (2001). A Beautiful Mind Motion picture. United States:
Universal Pictures. 

Okami, P. (2014). Psychology:
Contemporary perspectives (pp.
??-??). New York: Oxford University Press.

Samels, M. Shea, G., Drain, M., Martin,
M., and Mac Lowry, R. (Producers), & Samels, M. (Director). (2002). A Brilliant Madness Television documentary.
United States: PBS Home Video.

 

 A Beautiful
Mind a Brilliant Madness

Domonique
Allen

Geri
Acquard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.      
What differences did you see between the life of John
Nash shown in the commercial film A
Beautiful Mind (2001) and the life shown in the documentary, A Brilliant Madness (2002)?  Make
sure you discuss the differences in family, the differences in
hospitalizations, and the differences in the influence of his Math colleagues.
(10 pts)

There are differences between the commercial film A Beautiful Mind and the documentary, A
Brilliant Madness. The movie and the documentary both have
their own ways of telling the story of John Nash. The movies focus was on how Nash deals
with Schizophrenia, while the documentary goes into more detail about his personal life and how his relationships
affected his life. In the movie, Nash’s personal life was extremely difficult.
An example is that the movie does not show Nash getting divorced with his first wife, Alicia Nash, and his childhood only showed in
the documentary. One thing that also was different between the two was the
way the types of treatment he was receiving. His treatment in the documentary he was explaining himself how he was treated, which
brought many different feelings then the movie. In the movie, his treatment
was only showed in short clips. The final difference that was the help from his math colleagues. The documentary showed how his
colleagues helped him recover from his divorce from Alicia and helped him save
his job while he was still getting treatment. In the movie, they were mostly shown after Nash came back from being in the hospital,
and when he was trying to get his job back. These were some of the
differences found between the commercial film and the documentary (A Beautiful Mind, 2001) (A Brilliant
Madness, 2002). (235)

B.      
If you were the psychologist examining John
Nash, what symptoms would you say he exhibited that would lead you to conclude
he suffered from schizophrenia? Refer to textbook
(page 653) and describe a minimum of 3 symptoms John exhibited and provide
examples from the commercial film. What treatments were utilized with John
Nash (in the commercial film and in the documentary) and how effective do you
think each were/why? Make sure you
describe all 3 treatments covered in both films and their effectiveness.  (15 pts)

The symptoms that I would conclude that he had
suffered from schizophrenia were delusions of persecution and delusions of reference.
In the film A
Beautiful Minds (2001), Nash returns to Princeton where
he is greeted by a man, Parcher, who works for Department of Defense. He tells
Nash that he is needed at the United States Department
of Defense facility at the Pentagon to help them crack a complex encryption from an enemy telecommunication. Nash is then able to
decipher the code with his brain, which shocks all the other code
breakers. Another scene is when Parcher gives him a new assignment to look for patterns in magazines and in newspapers to see if the
soviets were plotting anything. He is to write and report his findings
and put them into a special mail box. This leads to the Russians chasing him and shooting at him, which causes him to become paranoid that they
are trying to harm him. The agent that he met was a hallucination. He was
never real, and he made Nash believe that he was getting secret messages from the Soviets which is delusion of reference. He
believes that they are only meant for him and no one else when nothing is really
for him. The other is delusion of persecution, which is the idea that people
are planning to harm them. This was shown in when the Russian came after Nash,
causing him to believe that they were planning to harm
him. This made Nash paranoid causing him to become even more stressful. This is evidence that could concluded that he had
suffered from schizophrenia. (270)

C.      
Refer to your textbook (pages 654-658) for
current explanations for the causes and biochemical origins of
schizophrenia.  Make sure you name
and describe all 3 causes discussed in textbook. Include a separate
discussion of the diathesis-stress explanation page 639) and how that’s related
to the nature-nurture issue. (12 pts)

 

The treatments that Nash was given in A Beautiful Mind 2001,was the insulin shock therapy which was when a patient was given huge amounts of
insulin to kill bad brain cells in order for brand new ones to replace them. He also was using medication which made him feel
foggy. The shock therapy was not very helpful because they made him even
scared. He describes them as “tortured” because they were so painful. Nash went of his medication because it affected his ability
to think, reason, and to do his work. So, it did work because it took his
hallucinations away, but it affected his ability to do things. Shock therapy did not work because with the medicine began to stop feeling
normal. It does work, but the cost is not being the same. Today there are
therapies that could help people with this disorder like cognitive-behavioral therapy could help. It would provide treatment for
residual symptoms. It would help draw on the principles strategies developed for
anxiety and depression. They would establish links between feelings, actions, and collaborate with the patient to help find
more peace. Overall, Nash’s treatments were effective. They did cause for him
to lose the ability to think, but at the same time got rid of most of his problems. (217)

D.   
Analyze the mental health changes in John Nash,
both in the development of the disorder and his subsequent recovery shown
throughout the commercial film?  Are the changes similar or
dissimilar to the changes shown in the documentary?  Is the
portrayal of schizophrenia supported by what you have learned from the
materials in your textbook? This should
not be a personal opinion! (10 pts)

 

In Okami (2014, p. 654),
Genetics seems to be a dominant cause for schizophrenia, it is now beyond doubt that some sets of genes are in causing a person to be
vulnerable to developing schizophrenia. There have been numerous studies to show that
a person with a family member with the disorder has a greater risk. That is if they are closely genetically related. It could also
have to deal with an imbalance of dopamine may cause the disorder. Neither
nature nor nurture alone are responsible for the brain chem and development. Besides genes, the environment in which the person is
in or grew up in can have an effect to. A person who is has both a genetic
vulnerability to the disorder and have exposure under certain conditions that contribute to the onset of the illness is known as
diathesis stress model. This is basically saying that certain experiences and
being genetically vulnerable can lead to a disorder. What scientist think is happening can be when someone who is schizophrenic is young
they can get early brain damage while they are still in the womb. This
can cause neurotransmitter problems in the brain. Another is that the temporal lobe is smaller in them as well, same with the hippocampus
and amygdala. What evidence supports genetics is in the documentary,
Nash’s son develops schizophrenia. This shows evidence that his son had a high chance of obtaining it through genetics. (239)

E.    
Based on the films, discuss the stigmas
associated with having schizophrenia by providing examples from the commercial
movie. Finally, what insights did the commercial movie give you about the challenges
of caring for a person with schizophrenia? (discuss impact on work,
interactions with his son, and his spouse) (10
pts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Grazer, B. (Producer), & Howard,
R. (Director). (2001). A Beautiful Mind Motion picture. United States:
Universal Pictures. 

Okami, P. (2014). Psychology:
Contemporary perspectives (pp.
??-??). New York: Oxford University Press.

Samels, M. Shea, G., Drain, M., Martin,
M., and Mac Lowry, R. (Producers), & Samels, M. (Director). (2002). A Brilliant Madness Television documentary.
United States: PBS Home Video.