Do Pooh and friends suffer from psychological problems? Yes, according to research by a Canadian medical journal…
A report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2000 claims that AA Milne’s Pooh and friends are ‘seriously troubled individuals’, and that each character represents a different mental-health disorder… What do you think?
A self-professed ‘bear of very little brain’ and honey addict, Pooh may be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) due to his obsession with counting his honey pots.
His excessive consumption of honey and subsequent obesity could point to an eating disorder.
Pooh’s significant learning problems may be a result of Christopher Robin’s habit of dragging him down flights of stairs feet-first…
It appears that Owl – or WOL, as he spells his name – is probably dyslexic. Although bright, Owl may also have narcissistic personality disorder, as he seems convinced that he is the wisest creature in the Hundred Acre Wood.
Oh, d-d-d-dear! Poor Piglet is easily panicked, and could have generalised anxiety disorder. Piglet is always nervous, flustered, or blushing, and may have suffered a big blow to his self-esteem in the past, leading him to doubt his capabilities.
Rabbit displays classic signs of OCD. He is in his element organising things – including people – and is unfailingly neat and efficient when it comes to tending to his immaculate house and vegetable garden.
The wonderful Tigger could well have attention deficit anxiety disorder (ADHD) – a condition that results in hyperactivity, and difficulty in paying attention.
The Canadian Medical Association Journal also notes that Tigger is:
‘Gregarious and affectionate, but he has a recurrent pattern of risk-taking behaviours. Look, for example, at his impulsive sampling of unknown substances when he first comes to the Hundred Acre Wood. With the mildest of provocation he tries honey, haycorns and even thistles. Tigger has no knowledge of the potential outcome of his experimentation. Later we find him climbing tall trees and acting in a way that can only be described as socially intrusive.’
A young boy who appears to live life with minimal parental supervision, Christopher Robin spends much of his time in the Hundred Acre Wood, talking to his stuffed animals. He may have schizophrenia. This condition can result in hallucinations, which would explain why this young boy believes that he is socially interacting with his toys.
“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning,” he said. “Which I doubt,” said he.
Displaying chronic low-energy, apathy and negativism, poor, dismal, isolated Eeyore seems incapable of experiencing joy, motivation or excitement, and could suffer from severe depression.