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: 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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