Here is the Google Doc:
A Beautiful Mind. Dir. Ron Howard. Perf. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. N.P., n.d. web.
This is a movie about the brilliant Economist John Nash who developed schizophrenia while studying at Princeton. It shows how vivid the hallucinations can be if they appear in one’s schizophrenic mind and it shows how damaging and confusing it can be to everyone else. This movie brought a lot of attention to schizophrenia as the movie gained popularity and even helped raise awareness.
Key Terms: Stress: The movie made it seem as if the stress of winning the competition was the last straw of developing schizophrenia, and it is not (which I will write about).
Friendship: Schizophrenia can damage personal relationships and even fool one into thinking they are in one that doesn’t exist (Usually not the case but is seen in this movie).
Caution: Not necessarily in the movie but when watching the movie, use caution because many things are intended to be dramatized.
Direct Quotes: “There is no point nuts if you can’t have some fun with it.”-John Nash
“Who decides reason?”-John Nash
“So how bout it Nash, you scared?”-Hansen
The director’s ethos in making the film was to dramatize much of the situation and use schizophrenia as a plot twist-much like Fight Club. Mr. Howard wanted to use Nash’s condition as the catalyst for all interactions, plot twists, and evolution of relationships in the film. I chose A Beautiful Mind because this shows how real schizophrenia can be and it strikes a different audience rather than a book or medical report. I will take this film and mention what some of the pros and cons were of it pertaining to how it portrayed what schizophrenia is really like.
“Fear of Schizophrenia.” Fear of Schizophrenia. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017. <http://www.anxietycare.org.uk/docs/fear_of_schizophrenia.asp>.
This article is more of a symptom-analysis of schizophrenia so it is fairly dry as far as excitement. It goes into great depth about what actually happens in one’s mind when he/she has schizophrenia and how they behave. It truly shows the facts of the monster I have chosen.
Key Terms: Multiple Personality Disorder: Many confuse schizophrenia with MPD but they are very different. Many different personalities become present at any time.
Voices: One of the symptoms of having schizophrenia is “Hearing voices” that can range from commands to hearing a group of kids laughing.
Brain chemistry: Believed to be the reason for having schizophrenia when there is an abnormality in brain chemistry.
Direct Quotes: “A schizophrenic may display inappropriate emotions in some situations.”
“75% of schizophrenics will hear voices at some time during their illness.”
“About 1% of the population will suffer from this illness at some point in their lives.”
The author’s ethos is simply to inform the public about some of the symptoms of schizophrenia. I chose this because it is on the opposite end of the spectrum from the film and will add a nice balance to the paper. I will use some facts and data to help explain why schizophrenia is so feared.
McGough, Cecilia. “I Am Not a Monster: SCHIZOPHRENIA.” I Am Not a Monster: SCHIZOPHRENIA. N.P., 11 Apr. 2015. Web. 07 Feb. 2017
This is a personal account of having schizophrenia and how much it affects one’s life. The author goes into great detail about how vivid the voices can be and how they alter thoughts throughout the day. She gets very personal and even describes how her parents wouldn’t tell anyone because they feared she would be seen as weird.
Key Terms: Monster: The title is “ I Am Not a Monster” which shows that even having the monster inside can alter how people see the actual person carrying the illness.
Devil: She thought at one time the voices came from the devil because she was very religious.
Isolation: She closed herself off from everyone and stayed in bed-not going to classes.
Direct Quotes: “ I was too scared to go to class.”
“ The girl’s voice became louder than the voices of real people talking to me.”
“ I am currently on a medicine that is finally working.”
The author is calling the horror of schizophrenia to the forefront straight from experience. This helps connect to the reader on a personal level that can’t be duplicated in any other way. This is a dimension I wanted to hit in my paper because it makes it much more readable and relatable.
“ The History of Schizophrenia.” The History of Schizophrenia. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Feb. 2017. <http://schizophrenia.com/history.htm>.
This is the history page of schizophrenia.com so it is fairly brief but has very good information. It talks about the first cases dating back to ancient Egypt and how the history of it has evolved. It is very interesting information that gives a great background to such a misunderstood and confusing illness.
Key Terms: Dr. Emile Kraepelin: First described schizophrenia as discrete mental illness in 1887.
Eugen Bleuler: Coined the term “Schizophrenia” in 1911.
DSM (V): The book of diagnosing every known disorder with each symptom.
Direct Quotes: “The word schizophrenia comes from the greek roots schizo (split) and phrene (mind).”