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Case Study: John Forbes Nash, Jr. 1 Case Study: John Forbes Nash, Jr. Throughout most of his life John Forbes Nash, Jr. balances incredible mathematical in- telligence and constant struggles with schizophrenia. By many accounts, he spends most of his time in delusion, unaccountable to his actions, which are generally bizarre and maladaptive exag- gerations of normal human behavior. Although the exact etiology of his illness is mere specula- tion as it intersects with medical science, his distress is an overt reflection of bizarre behavior and mannerisms typical of schizophrenics. Ultimately, by his awareness and conscious design, he chooses to revoke the claims of his delusions and generates his a type of therapy for himself. Unlike many individuals with schizophrenia, he is maintaining and over 20 year full remission. Overview of Presenting Problem In 1994, John Forbes Nash, Jr. wins the Nobel Prize for his work in the sciences of eco- nomics. John Nash's history with schizophrenia and intellectual brilliance begins at a young age. According to Nasar (2001), Nash was "a singular little boy, solitary and introverted" (p. 4). He is socially outcast, academically above average, yet under achieving. Both of his parents force him into social participation of activities he neither enjoys nor perpetuates the continuance of such in- volvement. He develops bizarre behaviors such as grass eating, animal torture, and inappropriate chemical experiments, and his teachers report consistent daydreaming and an inability to follow directions (2001). As an adult Nash spends several years in delusion, perpetuating relationships with nonex- istent characters and enacting acutely erratic behavior. Nash charges into a New York Times of- fice and accuses them of intercepting messages written in code meant for him only (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009). His wife corroborates erratic behavior with evidentiary accounts of
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Case Study: John Forbes Nash, Jr. 2 writing on walls, elaborate narrative referring to himself with a different name, letters and cards with writings that make no sense, and he makes, aggravating and persistent correspondence to past coworkers (Nasar, 2001). Nash enters psychiatric hospitals multiple times, and receives sev- eral weeks of insulin-induced shock therapy (2009). Components of Schizophrenia: Biological
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