The book, A Beautiful Mind, by Sylvia Nasa (1998), describes the real life story of Nobel Laureate John Nash, an academic mathematician who was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia in his late 20s.
The book, A Beautiful Mind was also made into a popular movie starring Russell Crowe, in 2001.
I recommend this book to family members or friends of those that have been diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia because it is the best description that I have found of the life of someone who has had to live with this disorder.
The book depicts the impact that stress can have on an individual with Paranoid Schizophrenia because it shows the interplay between periods of high stress in John Nash’s life and the onset of psychotic episodes.
There are four subtypes of schizophrenia described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fourth Edition, Text Revised (DSM-IV-TR), a diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. Research shows that 70% of people with schizophrenia are diagnosed with the paranoid subtype.
Many people with schizophrenia are able to lead relatively calm and stable lives when they remain compliant with taking medications prescribed by their psychiatrist and when they are able to successfully minimize the amount of stress they experience both on a day-to-day basis and on a more acute basis.
Dr. Patricia Turner, Registered Psychologist, Calgary, Alberta
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