I recently came across a Canadian Mental Health Association article and a couple of website blogs that shocked me and shattered my point of view of the book slash TV show, Winnie the Pooh. I have to say that what was stated in the article does make a lot of logical sense, at least to me. The fact the characters are portrayed as mentally ill in a different light has gotten my view of them to completely change.
First up, the famous adorable Pooh Bear. It has been said that she shows real traits of at least one eating disorder, specifically BED, which is binge eating disorder. The way Pooh Bear sure grabs every honey pot to gorge on and empty out, even when she’s full does indicate an eating disorder. Pooh Bear gets sad and obsessive when she doesn’t have access to any honey and searches every honey pot she sees in hopes for any remnants of honey. That is also another indicator of an eating disorder. However, in my opinion, that is also a sign of a substance use disorder because of the cravings and obsession. In such a case where honey is translated to drugs, it very well might be the disorder Pooh Bear has instead of an eating disorder. In this instance, though, it is most likely binge eating disorder. I’ve also noticed that Pooh Bear gets distracted and distant often. However, I haven’t seen the show in a while so I’m not sure if it was always after she eats honey, before she eats honey or all the time. This can be linked to the inattentive type of ADHD or ADD. In conclusion, in my opinion, Pooh Bear has an addiction to honey that is manifested in the form of binge eating disorder.
Now, I bet most of you have seen Piglet anxious or fearful from any random reason such as the sound of a windy storm or the flash of a shadow and also gets anxious in social situations. He shows the anxiety inside him when he frequently stutters most of his sentences. He also visibly shakes all over his body, twitches his ears repeatedly, and sometimes scream or run away. All of the mentioned symptoms indicates an anxiety disorder. While social anxiety disorder can indeed match, I think generalized anxiety disorder matches Piglet even more. This is because social anxiety disorder is precisely people who worry about other’s reactions, how people think of them, etcetera, while Piglet is actually anxious or afraid about almost anything. Another term I can agree with is panophobia. It sure seems that Piglet is scared of everything, almost constantly. There are moments of sheer bravery that comes out of Piglet, and it shows that he is trying to control his anxiety and fear. My final verdict of Piglet’s mental illness would be both generalized anxiety disorder and panophobia due to what I see from Piglet.
Tigger is most likely one of the most distinct characters that may have a mental illness. The suspected disorder would be ADHD, which is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Tigger hops around without trying and acts wild sometimes. It is also implied that he has moderate to severe implusivity because he volunteers for anything, blurts out things, and even has a deep interest in trying anything that is offered to him. The fact he would try any substance also implies that he could have a substance use disorder comorbid with ADHD. Tigger also has highly marked increased energy constantly, all throughout the books and the shows. To sum it all up, it is kind of obvious that Tigger has traits of ADHD, even potentially full blown. However, I don’t think Tigger has a substance use disorder because while he is sure to try anything, that alone doesn’t qualify for a complete diagnosis of substance use disorder.
I wonder if you noticed the fact Owl has misread and spell out words incorrectly during his speeches and reading. For example, he tries to say school but says skull instead. This is moderately consistent all throughout the books and the shows. The CMHA article has declared that Owl has dyslexia. From what I know about dyslexia and based on what I see from Owl, I say this is very likely. In another light, however, it also has been noted that Owl could have NPD, which is narcissistic personality disorder. The reason for this is simply based on the fact Owl thinks greatly of himself, talk about himself all the time, and repeats statements such as, “I’m so smart.” I believe that it is widely agreed that Owl is intelligent and that much I do agree. Having said everything, I conclude that Owl is most likely dyslexic and does have some traits of NPD, but I will completely disagree if anyone says Owl has full blown NPD.
Fifth up is our beloved Rabbit. This one is likely to be debatable and controversial, so be warned. It has been stated in several articles that it is possible that Rabbit suffers from OCD, which is obsessive compulsive disorder. I don’t know a lot about this disorder, so I’ll refrain from saying that he really does have it. The fact he yells out and acts agitated every single time his garden is disturbed, even in the slightest, can pertain to the discomfort of OCD. There was a point in the shows where Rabbit actually meticulously organizes his home shelf, and even pushing a pot into a particular place. All this shows to me is that he simply likes to have his house organized, but it can also point to OCD along with other signs. It is evident that disturbance in objects and where it is placed does cause distress in Rabbit. Concludingly, I do think there are symptoms of OCD, but I can’t say whether he does actually have OCD or not.
Anyone paying real attention to Eeyore can easily say that she’s depressed or at least sad all the time. Even as kids, we knew there were something wrong with Eeyore and probably also showed sympathy towards him. Eeyore frequently cries or at least look very down no matter what is going on at the moment. I also believe that he is often anti-social, as the fact we don’t see Eeyore so much in the shows and the books compared to other characters does imply the anti-socialness. It is also known that Eeyore can be negativistic, especially when bad things happen and even sometimes when good things happen. If I could guess as to what her sadness is like, I would say that it could be despair and despondence. Her depression is almost constant throughout the shows and the books, and along with other symptoms mentioned, this all most likely point to MDD, which is major depressive disorder. One less-mentioned thing about Eeyore is the fact he has a pin on his bum for his tail, and this could be self-harm although it is not implied in the shows or books. With everything stated already, I will say that it is very probable that Eeyore has major depressive disorder.
The most shocking of all, at least to me, was the fact the CMHA article said Christopher Robin had schizophrenia. I didn’t even really think of it at all since the shows slash books is geared specifically to children. However, after considering what I’ve seen from the books and the shows and other facts, I can be inclined to agree. The main reason to the conclusion of schizophrenia is because Christopher Robin talks to stuffed animals and sees them as very real, instead of just imaginary. Seeing the animals move, interact, and do things like eating can pertain to him having severe visual hallucinations. The fact the animals has talked to him at all indicates that he has auditory hallucinations. There is no evidence of delusions, but if I was to wager a guess, Christopher Robin could have believed that he lived in One Hundred Woods instead of the real world and could even possibly find that he could talk to animals but I’m getting far-fetched here. I do notice a small theme in some schizophrenics I talk to, and that would be the fact they have a whole other world that they believe in which sometimes consumes them during bouts of psychosis and even during relatively normal times. Now, finally, I have decided that if Christopher Robin does indeed have all the symptoms that were mentioned, then it is a powerful indicator of schizophrenia.
In all, this has been interesting to me because I did grow up watching some Winnie the Pooh. I wanted to talk about it because it does hit home to me, especially some mentioned disorders. Please forgive me if I made any assumption wrong, or if I sound too doctorly or anything like that. I’m just going to say this; I am not a doctor, so don’t quote me.