Psychology of the Abnormal:
A Beautiful Mind
About the character:
At Princeton University, John Nash striving to live out his dream to be apart of the world of mathematics. During graduate school, John Nash makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually lead him to win the Nobel Prize years later. After graduate school he turns to teaching and soon after becomes romantically involved with one of his students and eventually marries her. During his growing relationship with Alisha, the government asks Nash to help with breaking codes, which leads to terrifying conspiracy plot. Nash becomes noticeably anxious and paranoid only to find out that everything that he had experience was all in his head. With his wife’s help, he begins to recover and regain his sanity and the status as the great mathematician.
John Nash was diagnosed with schizophrenia, which explains his behavior. Schizophrenia is described as the most chronic and disabling of the severe mental disorders, associated with abnormalities of the brain structure and function, disorganized speech and behavior, delusions, and hallucinations. These symptoms can appear abrupt or insidious. Nash often had panic attacks, withdrawal from social activities, loss of attention to personal hygiene and grooming, and most importantly, was not able to separate real form unreal events.
Five axis DSM IV-based diagnosis:
Axis I-- Clinical Disorders and Conditions that need clinical attention:
John Nash is classified under Undifferentiated Type because he had a number of symptoms such as delusions, disorganized behavior, disorganized speech, and hallucinations. I also believe that Nash could also be classified with anxiety and depression because after leaving the mental hospital, he wasn’t able to work, wasn’t able to properly take care of his child, or even feel attracted to his wife.
Axis II—Personality Disorders and Mental Retardation:
Nash would be determined best under Schizotypical Personality...