Summary of Schizophrenia and the Soloist
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences, to think logically, to have normal emotional responses, and to behave normally in social situations. Schizophrenia may have a variety of symptoms. Usually the illness develops slowly over months or even years. At first, the symptoms may not be noticeable. You may feel tense, or have trouble sleeping or concentrating. You can become isolated and withdrawn, and have trouble making or keeping friends. Some doctors think that the brain may not be able to process information correctly when a person is diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is one of the most well known and surprisingly frequent psychological disorders today. Patients who have this disorder have problems separating reality from fantasy or delusion. Typically, the person with schizophrenia starts off with a small paranoia about something or someone and continues to get more and even more problematic until he or she has trouble functioning in the real world because of emotional, physical, mental, or financial reasons. Because of this, most people who end up homeless have Schizophrenia because they are unable to keep a job, Nathaniel Ayes in the movie The Soloist. Nathaniel was a cello player attending the Julliard School of music, one of the world’s most prestigious performing art schools, until he developed schizophrenia and was unable to continue. This movie shows how much a disorder such as schizophrenia can turn a person’s life upside down in the course of as little as a few weeks. One minute everything is fine with them and the next minute they get really aggressive just like in the movie when the guy was attacked because he was trying to be a help to Nathaniel. I think that the movie did an excellent job showing how a schizophrenic person is in their everyday life. It’s kind of scary but that’s just the way they are sometimes. Usually...