It's not clear why only some schizophrenia patients get better, but researchers do know that a number of factors are linked with better outcomes.
Nash appeared to have had many of these factors in his favor, Moreno said.
Still, there is no guarantee that someone will recover from schizophrenia—a patient may have all the protective factors but not recover, Moreno said.
Most patients cope with their symptoms for their entire lives, but many are also able to live rewarding lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
In addition, social factors—such as having a job, a supportive community and a family that is able to help with everyday tasks—are also linked with better outcomes for schizophrenia patients, Moreno said.
Nash had supportive colleagues who helped him find jobs where people were protective of him, and a wife who cared for him and took him into her house even after the couple divorced, which may have prevented him from becoming homeless, according to an episode of the PBS show "American Experience" that focused on Nash.It is linked to abnormalities of the structure and function of the brain, disorganized deeds and speech, hallucinations and delusions.As such, patients exhibit a broad array of troubles in their ability to hear, see and consequently the ability to process information from their surroundings.A person with schizophrenia often hears voices, experiences delusions and hallucinations and may believe thoughts, feelings and actions are controlled or shared by someone else. He learned to cope with Marcee when he reasoned that since Marcee did not age, she was not real.He could sense his delusional characters and then later was able to consciously ignore them and they would eventually drift away. What are some ways that John Nash reacted negatively to treatment of his schizophrenia? Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, auditory hallucinations, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and inactivity. John’s wife, Alicia, who was pregnant Alicia is deeply distributed by two of her husband’s activities. Alicia is deeply distributed by two of her husband’s activities. A delusional character was ‘babysitting’ and secondly John had newspaper clippings all over his office which he believed he was doing to help the government agent but in reality it was just a ‘top secret code breaking’ delusion. Two delusional characters that Nash learned to cope with are Charles, his roommate at Princeton and Marcee, Charles’ niece. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder often characterized by abnormal social behaviour and failure to recognize what is real. John went through most if not all the symptoms of schizophrenia. How did Nash learn to cope with this aspect of his illness?Choose three who were affected/impacted and elaborate.’s free newsletters."data-newsletterpromo-image="https://static.scientificamerican.com/sciam/cache/file/458BF87F-514B-44EE-B87F5D531772CF83_source.png"data-newsletterpromo-button-text="Sign Up"data-newsletterpromo-button-link="https:// origincode=2018_sciam_Article Promo_Newsletter Sign Up"name="article Body" itemprop="article Body"Mathematician John Nash, who died May 23 in a car accident, was known for his decades-long battle with schizophrenia—a struggle famously depicted in the 2001 Oscar-winning film "A Beautiful Mind." Nash had apparently recovered from the disease later in life, which he said was done without medication.Some ways that John Nash reacted negatively to the treatment of his schizophrenia was when he fought against his psychologist because he did not think that there was anything wrong with him.Another negative way John reacted to his treatment was when he also stopped taking his medication. Nash’s behaviour deeply affected or negatively impacted a number of people.