In Winnie The Pooh The characters are cute, talking, stuffed animals that play with a boy called Christopher Robin. Now, this seems odd in a number of ways because stuffed animals do not talk or are alive in general. Christopher Robin is said to have schizophrenia, this explains why the characters in Winnie The Pooh are playing with him.
The characters in Winnie The Pooh show signs of numerous mental disorders, including the one and only, Pooh Bear. It is also said that Christopher Robin created his “friends” in his head. Perhaps, his “friends” he has created in his head are reflecting the emotions he’s experiencing.
Winnie The Pooh
The Canadian Medical Association diagnosed Pooh with Impulsivity with Obsessive Fixations because he is obsessed with honey, he would do anything for it; even if it means putting himself and his friends in danger. He was also diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, having both of these disorders lead to the risk of Tourette Syndrome later in life.
With Piglet being my personal favorite of all the Winnie The Pooh characters, I was surprised when I found out he has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, it made a lot of sense as to why he was so nervous all the time. It seems as if he’s suffering from a self-esteem injury in the past, insecure, and this causes piglet a great amount of stress.
Owl, being the most intelligent of all the characters, seems to misspell a few words here and there, swapped around, and some are even backwards! These are signs of Dyslexia, I know it’s hard to believe but once you know, you start to pay attention to the way he writes and uses his words.
Tigger is unable to control his hyperactivity, he’s always moving, bouncing, and talking. His friends love being around him because he is so social, but is in fact a bad influence on Roo, as he is so impulsive. Tigger shows multiple symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, but it also seems that he’s experienced some kind of substance abuse problem because he’s always prepared to try anything that comes along his path.
Kanga and Roo
Kanga is extremely overprotective of her son Roo, she never lets him have time on his own, she suffocates him, and is obsessed with controlling him. It seems that Kanga has Social Anxiety Disorder.
Well its plain to see, Rabbit likes to keep things neat, he hates mess and is always tidying up his house and garden. He has an obsession with gardening and what children do not realize is that Rabbit is in fact a male, as he acts so feminine. With his obsession with having his place neat, he’s showing signs of Obsession Compulsive Disorder.
Eeyore isn’t that “happy-go-lucky” like the rest of his friends, in fact he’s the exact opposite! His views on life aren’t all happy ones, he’s “down in the dumps” when he’s with his friends, actually, I’ve never seen him smiling. His friends are aware of his sadness so they try to include him in everything, even when they know he doesn’t seem to enjoy it. Eeyore’s depressive behavior gives him the diagnosis of Major Depression.
After this finding I have a totally different view on one of my favorite childhood shows/books. This is just a conspiracy, but I think A.A Milne’s purpose for making the character’s personalities like this is to teach children about different personality types and mental illnesses.
Promise me you’ll always remember; you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
– A.A Milne