This is one of my favorite movies of all time for obvious reasons. If you have not seen this movie: Get on it! I love this movie for so many reasons but the ending (stop reading if you plan to watch the movie and have not yet) Russle Crowe acting as John Nash who suffers from Schizophrenia (without medications) explains how he copes with Schizophrenia and the “people” he sees on a daily basis that tend to taunt him. He explains that he still sees them but that he chooses to not acknowledge them. Although I do not suffer from Schizophrenia this was the greatest description of how I cope with chronic pain. People ask me: do you still have chronic pain?? To people I am not close to I would love to tell them to get a dictionary and look up the word “chronic.” I do explain as John Nash does regarding Schizophrenia: “I have chronic pain and it will always be there I just try to not acknowledge it.”
I am sure John Nash had days where he was unable to not give in to the people his disease was causing him to see just as I have days where I am unable to not stop thinking about my pain, But I try very hard on an hourly basis some days to just not acknowledge the pain.
I love this movie for helping me describe something that up until I viewed the film was unable to put into words.