You might think all Disney characters portray a perfect world with a perfect life. But read between the lines a little bit and you will soon realise some of them are clearly suffering from serious mental health disorders. But spotting the signs in these ten characters it might help you spot the signs in a loved one or close friend, so while it might be an odd thing to talk about, its something well worth looking into…
Else From Frozen – Agoraphobia
Poor Else, when you have the powers to freeze the whole world it is no wonder you start to feel anxiety about life and certain places and situations. She also suffers from a little bit of paranoia, but I will stick to one disorder per character for this post.
Winnie The Pooh – Binge Eating Disorder
Have you ever noticed when Pooh gets hold of some honey he eats it with vigour and passion that might well be considered obsessive? In several stories, he has even eaten so much that his stitches split! Now that sure sounds like a mental health problem to me! Not all Disney characters have mental health disorders, if you have the same feeling you can take the residential treatment centers for youth.
Captain Hook – PTSD
When you have had your hand eaten by a crocodile and then spent the rest of your life in fear of that very event it is a surefire sign of Post-traumatic stress disorder. Add to that the ticking clock inside of the crocodile and you have a very traumatic situation indeed.
Scar From The Lion King – NPD
While this lion character has a few mental health issues the main one is his NPD (Narcissistic personality disorder). The only person he cares about is himself and is willing to kill others to make his own life better!
The Evil Queen From Snow White – NPD
This is anouther person with a textbook example of Narcissistic personality disorder. She often looks into the mirror and asks “Magic Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?” and if that isn’t Narcissistic I don’t know what is!
Belle from Beauty and the Beast – Stockholm Syndrome
At the end of the day, the Beast who captured her was not doing so with her permission, it was basic kidnap and then she starts to feel emotions for him which is indeed a classic mental health condition called Stockholm Syndrome.
Beast from Beauty and the Beast – Anger Mangement Problems
This is one Disney character that is letting his anger control him to the point that he starts to kidnap people! That doesn’t sound like someone who is keeping control of their emotions to me!
White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland – OCD
While the rushing White Rabbit does have a lot of anxiety in his life it is the OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder) that really drives him and the signs are pretty clear when you realise just how obsessed he is with time!
Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh – Depression
While oddly lovable this donkey is clearly depressed and what I love most is that he has a great support group with his friends who are constantly trying to cheer him up.
Ariel From The Little Mermaid – Kleptomania Disorder
If you think being a teenage girl is hard enough try being a mermaid with a father who hates humans! So its no wonder he starts to steal things from the human world and hoards them much like people with kleptomania disorder will do.