For some odd reason I felt like watching A Beautiful Mind tonight…

Some people mistakenly believe that those of us who suffer a break with reality need to take medications for our whole lives to prevent it from happening again.

Some people also wrongly assume that the mathematician featured in a beautiful mind recovered his senses and held on to them BECAUSE of psychiatric meds.

That is a lie, promoted by the movie and accepted by the gullible and naive.

Jenny Hatch

More about Nash HERE at Wikipedia.


“Although he sometimes took prescribed medication, Nash later wrote that he did so only under pressure. After 1970, he was never committed to a hospital again, and he refused any further medication. According to Nash, the film A Beautiful Mind inaccurately implied he was taking what were the new atypical antipsychotics of the time period. He attributed the depiction to the screenwriter who was worried about the film encouraging people with the disorder to stop taking their medication.[26] Journalist Robert Whitaker wrote an article suggesting recovery from illnesses like Nash’s can be hindered by such drugs.[27]

Nash felt psychotropic drugs were overrated and that the adverse effects were not given enough consideration once someone was deemed mentally ill.[28][29][30] According to Sylvia Nasar, author of the book A Beautiful Mind, on which the movie was based, Nash recovered gradually with the passage of time. Encouraged by his then former wife, de Lardé, Nash worked in a communitarian setting where his eccentricities were accepted. De Lardé said of Nash, “it’s just a question of living a quiet life.”[4]

Guardian Article


“In a 2009 al-Jazeera interview with a journalist, Riz Khan, Nash expressed some reservations about the way in which his life was portrayed in A Beautiful Mind. Most significantly, he objected to the fact that in the film he is shown as remaining on medication.

 Indeed, in a scene set around the time of his Nobel nomination in 1994, Nash’s character, played by Russell Crowe, explicitly credits his recovery, at least in part, to newer medication. The truth is that Nash stopped taking any medication in 1970. The line is a fabrication, and a conscious one.

In Sylvia Nasar’s book with the same title, on which the film is based, it is clearly stated that Nash stopped taking medication in 1970 because of the way it blunted his intellect. 

The change was apparently made because the screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, whose mother was a prominent psychologist, was worried that the film might persuade people to stop taking their medication. 

There were also rumours that the National Alliance on Mental Illness put pressure on the filmmakers to include the line about medication. Certainly its press release at the time of the Oscar nominations praises the film for communicating “important truths” such as “the vital role of medication in treating the symptoms of schizophrenia and the risks of discontinuing medication”. 

Whether the rumours are true, I can’t say, but what’s certain is that the truth of Nash’s experience, the way in which he struggled and ultimately succeeded in using the power of his rational mind to overcome his delusional thinking, was replaced with a straightforward lie.

 And whatever the rationale behind it, the wholly disingenuous use of Nash’s recovery to promote the use of anti-psychotics is to my mind unconscionable.”

Research has increasingly shown that long term use of anti-psychotics has devastating consequences for the patient.


“Antipsychotic drugs may do more harm than good. The tide is turning towards gentler methods, from talking therapies to brain training.”

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