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PSY2012-11 December 7, 2006 "A Beautiful Mind", tells the story of Nobel Prize winner John Nash's struggle with schizophrenia. The first portion of A Beautiful Mind focuses extensively on Nash's mathematical life. As the movie progresses, we see the devastating impact that the paranoid schizophrenia has on this brilliant mathematician. Nash believes that he's cracking code for the Pentagon, he sees bizarre and twisted messages in newspapers and magazines and invisible algorithms everywhere, the imaginary people become more and more prevalent and we see his overall descent into madness. In time however, he learns to live with his demons and return to teaching mathematics. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that interferes with the mental functioning of a person. The major symptoms of schizophrenia include: delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, and thought disorder. Throughout the film, the protagonist, John Nash clearly portrays all of these symptoms. The exact cause of schizophrenia is unknown, however, experts do
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