John Nash, is a socially awkward and arrogant man. He described himself as a “lone wolf”, because his awkward and eccentric behavior makes it difficult for him find friends. Despite this, his brilliance stood out as he entered Princeton University for graduate school and published an article on governing dynamics which earned him a place in MIT’s Wheeler Laboratory later on.
He later worked as a professor in the same university, where he received the news that he had won the Nobel Prize. John’s journey through his condition started when he was in graduate school. Because he was one of the recipients of a prestigious scholarship in his university and he expected a lot from himself, he was under pressure to publish a scientific piece and be recognized. He cannot stand the feeling of failing, and the idea that his classmates were already publishing a paper while he still can’t find a decent topic. This thinking acted as a stressor and contributed to the start of his early psychotic symptoms during his academic life. Also, it created Charles, his “roommate” to support him emotionally, when no one can.
John’s strive for social recognition and importance continue through his career. He found his job uninteresting and boring. He felt insignificant because for him, what he does was unimportant. It was possible that this acted as a trigger to the start of his delusions of grandeur, wherein he believed that he was a highly classified military agent who cracks codes to save his country from being bombed by the Soviet Union. His delusions of grandeur satisfied his cravings for sense of importance. Later on this period, John developed another set of symptoms that strengthened his beliefs.
John met Alicia and developed a romantic feelings for her. In this period, John met Charles again, this time with his niece, Marcee. In this period, John’s psychotic symptoms continued to progress and he became more paranoid than the usual. The manifestation of Charles and Marcee could be because he was experiencing extreme stress from his paranoia. It could be also due to the fact that his romantic feelings for Alicia was still new to him, as he was an awkward guy. He needed Charles, his one and only best friend, and Marcee, to provide him advice, and support.
Later, John got married to Alicia, and got her pregnant. It was during this period that his symptoms gradually got noticed by the people around him. It was possible that the stress coming from this new stage of life contributed partly as a trigger to his more extreme psychotic symptoms. As he was slowly deteriorating because of his condition, he was hospitalized.
J ohn suffered from a relapse after he was released from the hospital. His medications caused him to suffer from lack of interest in a variety of activities. This caused him frustration, and led him to stop his medications. The withdrawal of the medications triggered another period of psychotic symptoms. The psychotic symptoms were worse than before as he endangered the lives of his wife and his son. Nevertheless, Alicia was there to support him through his recovery. Alicia served as his grip of reality. He still experienced psychotic symptoms, and sometimes it was triggered by his anxiety that he would be laughed at because of his condition. Nevertheless, he gradually learned how to manage the symptoms and he slowly became functional again.