The Mental Disorders of Winnie-the-Pooh Characters


Winnie the Pooh: An article by the Canadian Medical Association diagnosed and identified him with three disorders based on the following behaviours:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is likely that he suffers from the inattentive subtype where a patient exhibits careless and indifferent behaviour towards his peers without exhibiting narcissism.
  • Impulsivity with obsessive fixations. He is obsessed with honey. He grabs it everywhere he can and is even prepared to take risks in order to acquire it. This fixation has also contributed to his obesity.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: He is exhibits repetitive counting. On top of that, because he suffers from OCD in combination with ADHD which could eventually contribute to Tourette syndrome in later life.

Piglet: Generalized Anxiety Disorder. He may have suffered a significant self-esteem injury in the past which is causing him great stress, anxiety and general nervousness. He also suffers from a distinct speech impediment with his stuttering problem which might be related to the irrational anxiety he experiences.

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A number of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh characters

Owl: Dyslexia. It is quite clear that he is a dyslectic. However, it should be said that he is extremely bright despite his disorder.

Tigger: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He cannot control his hyperactivity. What is worse, he is prepared to try any substance or matter that comes along his path which could indicate a substance abuse problem. Also, he is extremely impulsive, which in turn could potentially make him a bad role model. Nevertheless, he is a social magnet but those drawn into him run the risk of getting themselves into trouble because of his questionable behaviour.

Kanga Roo: Social Anxiety Disorder. Specifically, overprotective mothering. She is clearly obsessed with controlling her young and will not let them to make decisions, make mistakes, grant them any time on their own etcetera. This is commonly know as suffocation.

Rabbit: Obsessive-compulsive disorder. He over-organizes and is obsessed with order and method. Also, for a male character, he behaves very feminine. Which in most cases would direct your classification of his character towards homosexuality. However, it must be noted of course, that this is merely an observation of his character and not classified as a disorder of any kind.

Eeyore: Depressive Disorder. He has a major general downcast and negative outlook on life which render him incapable of experiencing emotions like joy and excitement. He could be a major depressive.

Christopher Robin: Schizophrenia. The imagination of Robin often manifests itself through auditory hallucinations where all of the above mentioned characters are formed in his mind. It is very likely that these characters represent feelings he experiences in his internal world. Since he is a child, he is still learning how to function socially and interact with the external world. Each character could represent a different reaction or feeling within himself as he learns to cope and deal with that extra world.

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35 thoughts on “The Mental Disorders of Winnie-the-Pooh Characters

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  2. Pooh bear could have ADD (attention deficit disorder) and not ADHD because he isn’t hyper but he does have a Hard time listening

  3. I’ve been saying this for years!!! However I would say Whinny the Pooh is more of a developmental delay with an eating disorder (fixated on Honey). Tigger I would say is more bi-polar with extreme highs and lows, he often feels rejected. Poor Eeyore, depressive disorder with self injurious behaviours (he has a nail holding his tail in place). The article left out Owl, who I see to represent the Super Ego.

  4. I disagree with Christopher Robin being schizophrenic. The stories are told by his father, with him as a character in them. It often starts with the father saying, “Don’t you remember…” or something similar.

  5. As accurate as this is, there is one very wrong fact/observation. ‘Kanga Roo’ is actually TWO characters, not one. ‘Kanga’ being the Mommy & ‘Roo’ being the child, specifically son.

  6. Owl: The word is dyslexic, and most dyslexics are incredibly intelligent. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Sir Richard Branson, Leonardo daVinci, …..shall I go on? And it’s not a disorder, it’s a different type of brain. For more info, check out dyslexic advantage.com.

  7. I noticed there was nothing about Gopher (than again he’s not in the book). Than again Gopher maybe the only normal one. Gopher is suppose to represent the American working man (or at least the American working man of that day which was the 1960s.) He works hard, but doesn’s look where he is going and often falling down a hole. I don’t know what do you think?

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