Schizophrenia [...] Beautiful Mind directed by Ron Howard, which discusses Professor John Nash's lifelong battle with schizophrenia. The film chronicles Nash's life, but most of all it gives a graphic portrait of what it is like to live inside the mind of a schizophrenic. There are many parts of this movie that seem so real, and yet they all occurred in Nash's mind, showing the difficulties of living and working with schizophrenia. It also brings public awareness to the disease, and that is a positive aspect of the film.
This film follows the progression of schizophrenia, from its roots when Nash was a young man, to the culmination, which leaves Nash able to cope with the disease and still function relatively normally. In between, the disease is a central focus of the movie, giving a good look into what it must be like to live with this terrible disease. As with many people who suffer from this disease, Nash manages to live through the worst of it, and emerge later in life relatively able to continue his work and live his life normally. This is common with this disease, and so is the onset in late adolescence or early adulthood, just as Nash is depicted in the film. Early in his life, he seems normal, if a bit too obsessed with mathematics and solutions to complex problems. He seems more or less like his other friends, except for his preoccupation with his problem solving and educational issues and he seems like he has a bright future ahead of him. However, there always seems to be something shadowy in the background and as the film progresses, it becomes clear that Nash is suffering from something that affects his mind, and that tit could have very dire consequences on his life and career.
The film also puts the viewer right in the mind of Nash at times, and helps show how real his delusional experiences seemed to him. He is convinced that he is helping the government and the CIA, and that he hears voices from other worlds in his head. The disease crept up on him, like it does with so many people, and it did not become formally diagnosed until Nash was older, and already had a career teaching and a wife. This is very important to help the audience understand just what it feels like to have this disease, and it helps people become more aware and more understanding of others with the disease. It has to be extremely frustrating and frightening to experience the symptoms like Nash did, of hearing voices and totally believing things were real when they were not, and to not be able to do anything about these symptoms, or control them. That feeling of helplessness must add to the overall frustration with the disease, and it is easy to see that Nash is at times angry and frustrated with the disease and how it affects his mind. This is especially important for this brilliant mind, because Nash's greatest gifts were his ability to think and solve complex problems, and the disease robbed him of that ability, so it really affected every aspect of his life, and that was frustrating and deeply disturbing to him.
Another important aspect of the film is how it portrays the people surrounding Nash and how they deal with his disease. Clearly, this disease affects family and friends quite remarkably, and can be difficult if not impossible for them to deal with at times. The audiences watches Alicia attempt to deal with her husband's illness and come to grips with trying to raise their son alone while her husband is continually institutionalized. It is clear this is a disease that affects the patient, but also affects everyone who comes in contact with them because it is such a debilitating and difficult disease to manage. In the film, it takes decades for Nash to finally surmount the obstacles his disease represents, and many people may not have that kind of patience, no matter how much they love the person suffering from schizophrenia.…