What Psychological Disorders Do the Winnie the Pooh Characters Have?
The characters in the Winnie the Pooh were “diagnosed” by the Canadian Medical Association to be suffering from various psychological disorders, which include obsessive compulsive disorder, dyslexia, depression and schizophrenia. The tongue-in-cheek article that was published in 2000 suggests that while everything seemed ideal in the Hundred Acre Wood, there exists a neurodevelopmental and psychological issues in the idyllic forest that remain unrecognized and untreated.
The a unique study led by Sarah Shea suggested that each character in the AA Milne’s classic children’s story exhibited various signs of mental disorders. The same study also suggest that the characters need immediate treatment and therapy ranging from intervention, parental guidance and a steady treatment with psycho-active drugs.
The Winnie-the-Pooh characters according to the study have the following disorders.
His inability to focus, repetitive counting and obsession with honey led the researchers to conclude that Winnie-the-Pooh may be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), impulsivity with obsessive fixations and possible eating disorders.
An obvious worrywart, Piglet may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panophobia.
ADHD as evidenced by his inability to control his excitement and substance abuse shown by his willingness to try any substance that he comes across.
While smart, the missing and jumbled letters in his notes are a clear sign of dyslexia.
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) shown by her over-protectiveness of her son.
OCD as shown by him not being able to relax, and his need to have everything organized.
Depressive disorder evidenced by his extremely negative outlook in life.
Apparently due to his failure to recognize that all his friends are merely stuffed toys, his auditory hallucinations are a strong sign of schizophrenia.