Ever since it was first introduced to the public, in 1926, Winnie the Pooh has been considered an icon among the millions of children and cartoon-loving audiences of different age groups, from all four corners of the planet. Pooh, Piglet, Tiger and Eeore are only a few of the wonderful, colorful characters which make up this heart-warming tale. However, there seems to be something hidden behind the great stories of friendship of love.
According to an article published by researchers from the Canadian Medical Association, they were able to determine some rather disturbing facts surrounding the “colorful” characters of A. A. Milne.
After months of psychoanalysis, one thing was for certain; all the human characteristics attributed to these characters, in one way or another, resembled, almost identically, common symptoms of various mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, addiction etc.
1. Winnie The Pooh
Always after the sweet taste of honey, our beloved main character displays all the basic symptoms of someone who is physically and psychologically addicted to a certain substance. Drug abusers come in various types and forms, but they almost all share a few common symptoms, such as withdrawal.
Regardless of the specific abused substance, most addicts will experience mental hardships such as anxiety and depression, whenever they’re battling their way through a rehabilitation program or simply when no access is available to their drug of choice. Sure enough, Pooh doesn’t fail to portray these commonly suffered issues, throughout countless episodes.
Without any dire need for brain draining research or psychological reports, we can easily determine the specific mental disorder that this character suffers from; ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). A short attention span, along with abnormally hyperactive behavior are both personality traits shared by people who are diagnosed with ADHD.
Tiger’s lack of ability to concentrate and his uncontrolable need to bounce off walls can be easily related to someone who suffers from the above mentioned disorder and is not receiving any sort of medical treatment.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, this lovable character was diagnosed with a Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as an obvious speech impediment and a severe stuttering problem.
However, when analyzing this character, it is interesting to observe his lack of social skills and the abnormally high level of nervousness that he experiences throughout the series, whenever he is interacting with others. It almost seems as if he suffers from some sort of social phobia or paranoia.
Any viewer with a minimum amount of common sense, would be easily able to determine for him/herself that this character is clearly suffering from severe depression. In certain episodes, Eeore even appears to have suicidal-like thoughts.
Some say these disturbing characteristics were based upon Christopher Robin’s childhood schizophrenia. Others claim he suffered from a multiple personality disorder and Pooh, Piglet, Tiger, etc., were simply a portrayal of his various inner personas.