John Nash has died. Besides being a brilliant man who won a nobel prize he was once diagnosed as schizophrenic and became very famous for that fact as well, when the movie “A Beautiful Mind” came out.
I am doing this post in his memory. I’m recovering from a nasty stomach bug so it’s being put together quickly. Luc, thank you for the links you sent, including the video, where John Nash once again clarifies that he didn’t take psychiatric drugs for most of his life. The movie A Beautiful Mind led viewers to believe otherwise.
Listen carefully around minutes 24 to 27.
See also in the news:
Update: Reflections on a Beautiful Mind — Mad in America, by Robert Whitaker
John Nash has left the building — Mind Hacks
And I’m reposting something I wrote first a few years ago:
Video interview with John Nash of Beautiful Mind fame (with commentary)
Updated Dec. 2015
The film A Beautiful Mind was about John Nash. There is some commentary about this film on Beyond Meds written by Bruce Levine. It’s worth reading.
The story told in the movie was changed from the real events to create a politically correct view of mental illness being that one must take psychiatric drugs for the rest of one’s life. John Nash, instead, only took drugs for a brief period during crisis and then lived the great majority of his life without psychotropic medication.
I’ve posted these videos and the commentary before and since it seems to me the blog is forever getting new readers I’m posting it again. This is an important topic since John Nash is now perhaps the most famous person who was ever labeled schizophrenic and the public was lied to about his condition in the blockbuster movie.
John Nash in the below video says explicitly he never used psychiatric drugs again after an initial period of crisis and the movie was purposely misleading because the screenwriter’s mother was a psychologist enamored with psych meds and feared people would go off their meds if they knew the truth. Horrifying, isn’t that?
This sort of refusal to acknowledge drug free recovery among so many people who’ve been labeled with psychiatric diagnosis is a very dangerous and serious problem. We are everywhere and we are thriving in many cases. Yet our existence is widely denied.
So, John Nash recovered from what is often labeled schizophrenia. The fact is there are countless others who also recover every day and are simply forgotten — the system and those who support long-term maintenance psychotropic drug use denies they were ever sick if they are mentioned.
But this is untrue. People recover and move on from such crisis all the time. There is a long list of such folks who share such stories here on Beyond Meds.
Unfortunately, at this juncture in history many people who get labeled with psychiatric illness these days do not have the opportunity for recovery because they are encouraged to stay ill by a system that all too often impedes psychological growth by use of excessive psychotropic drugs. This over-use of medication also kills people. The average life-span of people taking these medications is 25 years shorter than people who do not take these drugs. The drugs cause a long laundry list of problems only some of which are diabetes, obesity, heart conditions and a shrinking brain.
Many others become chronically ill like I did with the medical establishment not even recognizing the damage the drugs wreak. Psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins and they harm in numerous ways. I was gravely disabled for many years. This is not uncommon among those of us who come off drugs after many years. Protracted withdrawal syndromes can be very serious.
We need to realize there is great reason to minimize drug use and expect that most people can heal significantly enough to rarely if ever need psychotropics at all in the long run.
Many people heal and thrive after leaving psychiatry and psych meds behind.
I too have healed in astonishing ways from the grave harm the psych drugs caused and continue to heal daily. See: The anniversary posts: the 5 years off psychiatric drugs documented
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
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