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Personality Essay

2952 words - 12 pages

A Beautiful Mind
DSM IV Diagnosis for John Nash:
Axis I: Schizophrenia, Paranoid Type, Continuious
Axis II: Narcissistic Personality Disorder (Provisional)
Axis III: None
Axis IV: Occupational problems
Not very social
High Stressful Enviornment
Axis V: GAF= 30
According to the DSM IV-TR. Symptoms of schizophrenia, include meeting three criteria: need to have two or more characteristics symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized behavior/catatonic behavior or negative symptoms such as blunted affect, alogia, or alovitian which was evident in this film.. In addition to these symptoms, the individual must also display a social or ...view middle of the document...

There was a point in the movie where Nash hallucinates that Harris planted a device in his arm that allows him to see a code using ultra violet rays. Supposedly this device leads him to open a secret place, where he secretly cracks codes to help the government. However, this is all a creation of Nash’s imagination. Criterion B for schizophernia negative symptoms was also met throughout the film because it seemed that John Nash was always occupied by being an over achiever and afraid of failure. Criterion C was also met because his delusions and hallucinations were portrayed and carried on throughout the whole film from beginning to end. Mood disorders, substance abuse and history of previous medical conditions can all be ruled out because none of these were shown. Along with all this Nash fell under the Paranoid subtype throughout the movie because he always seemed to be occupied with his duty as a government spy and having to fulfill his duty. This was shown through Nash by always putting his duty as a government spy before his wife, his job as a professor at Princeton, having his office cluttered/ disorganized and filled with magazine cut outs that he believed were helping him crack codes for the government as to where the Russians had the bombs hidden.
Under Axis II I diagnosed him with Narcissistic Personality Disorder but put it as provisional because he didn’t meet all the criteria to have this disorder. He showed this a few times throughout the movie. This was shown when he was placed on he front cover of Fortunes Magizine with other scientist and said that it should only be his picture on the cover of the magazine and called the other scientistist degrading names. He also portrayed this when he had to go teach a new class and should no empathy for his students and told them that not only is the class a waste of their time but an even bigger waste of his time. He should no empathy when Alicia came into his office thinking she solved the problem he placed on the board which he told his students may take some of them a lifetime to figure out. All he did was tell her before looking at her work that she was incorrect and then even when looking at it for a split second still told her she was wrong thinking that no one would be able to solve the problem but himself.
Nothing fell under Axis III because no medical conditions were portrayed through the film that contributed to Schizophrenia. Axis IV was easily seen throughout the film Nash was not very social with students on campus and or people in general. Being a professor at Princeton University made it seem that he was living in a high stressful environmental; and due to his delusions and being preoccupied as a government spy made it very hard for his to keep his job as Professor at Princeton and eventually, lost it.
For Axis V I scored Nash about a 30 on the GAF during the part of the film where I felt that his schizophrenia was full blown which was when he was...

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