On Schizophrenia and Beautiful Mind
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... Beautiful Mind's Illness Great wits are sure to madness near allied, and thin partitions do their bounds divide. (John Dryden, Absalom, and Achitophel, 1681)
The movie, A Beautiful Mind, is about John Forbes Nash, Jr., a young brilliant mathematician at Princeton University and the affect of the disease paranoid schizophrenia upon his life. Nash began having mental problems in his early 20's. Similar to his real life, the film captures the agony of a person suffering from this debilitating disorder as it affects his education, profession, social, and family life. As in the movie, Nash begins to hear voices and becomes unable to distinguish them from real voices. The movie is somewhat exaggerated...