100 Acre Problems and Piglet Is One

Being a school counselor, it goes without saying that Disney comes into the picture at work – especially when working with my younger students who know countless characters by name. There are a lot of great lessons to learn from Disney characters–Mickey is always friendly and helpful; Tigger is a case study in being unique but happy; and Chip and Dale know how to have fun without it being dangerous.

One other way in which Disney enters into my professional life is in the very obvious mental illnesses with which several Disney characters live. While my specialty is not in diagnosis, I was inspired by a paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looking at the pathology of the 100 Acre Woods, and I think I’ve been able to identify mental disorders in many of our favorite characters. Check out the utterly non-exhaustive list below!

Donald Duck
Not Wearing Pants.


Donald Duck
Diagnosis: Exhibitionism
Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving the exposure of one’s genitals to an unsuspecting stranger.

 

Ariel
I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore! You want thingamabobs? I got twenty.

Ariel
Diagnosis: OCD, Presenting as Hoarding
Common compulsions include ordering and arranging rituals; counting; and hoarding.

 

Dory
I don’t know where I am… I don’t know what’s going on. I think I lost somebody but I, I can’t remember.

Dory
Diagnosis: Anxiety Disorder
Symptoms can include poor memory, fear or confusion, inability to relax, constant worry, shortness of breath, poor concentration.

 

Princess Aurora
… zzzz …

Princess Aurora
Diagnosis: Hypersomnolence
Characterized by excessive sleepiness or prolonged sleep. Sufferers are compelled to nap at inappropriate times.

 

Hades
Aren’t we forgetting one teensy-weensy, but ever so crucial little, tiny detail? … I own you!

Hades
Diagnosis: Anti-Social Personality Disorder
Antisocial personality disorder consists of these symptoms: Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors; Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying; Irritability and aggressiveness; Reckless disregard for safety of others; Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt another.

 

Pluto
… … …

Pluto
Diagnosis: Selectively Mute
Because Goofy can fucking talk. Why can’t Pluto?!

 

Stitch
I’m sorry I bit you … and pulled your hair .. and punched you in the face …

Stitch
Diagnosis: Oppositional Defiant Disorder 
A pattern of negativistic, hostile and defiant behavior.

 

Gaston
When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs ev’ry morning to help me get large. And now that I’m grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I’m roughly the size of a barge!

Gaston
Diagnosis: Binge Eating Disorder
Have you seen what that man puts away for breakfast?

 

Evil Queen
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?

Evil Queen
Diagnosis: Narcissistic Personality Disorder 
Characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity, an overwhelming need for admiration, and a complete lack of empathy toward others.

 

Scar
Be prepared.

Scar
Diagnosis: Paranoid Personality Disorder 
Characterized by having a long-standing pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others. Individuals with this disorder assume that other people will exploit, harm, or deceive them.

Care to guess at the diagnosis for your favorite character? Let loose in the comments below!

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