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  1. ABC at |

    What’s a better way to teach kids about mental disorders than to constantly expose them to the Crazy’s?

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      I never thought of that. Good point.

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    2. Shannon at |

      Doing our part for the youth of the world! The more you know…!

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  2. Equalizer at |

    How about Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” suffering from “Stockholm Syndrome”.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Brilliant. I’m embarrassed I missed it!

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  3. skywatcher at |

    Would a highly-developed caregiver instinct fall under the heading of WBS? I know a woman who has been taken advantage of (not sexually) by co-workers who slack off, knowing that she’ll do the tasks they didn’t do. Then they say they feel bad for not doing their own work, so she brings in home-baked cookies her next shift to make them feel better. *sigh*

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    1. Shannon at |

      I highly doubt that. WBS is a chromosomal disorder that also carries with it severe health issues and neurological defects. You can be thankful that she doesn’t have that. I’ve seen people with this disorder, and as nice as they are, they do not have the same fully developed mental capacites as others without. Your coworker probably just needs to start standing up for herself, which any therapist could help her to learn, as well as many good self-help books. I recommend anything by Nina Brown. It’s interesting, your coworker could even have a an developed narcissistic personality. Narcissism doesn’t have to mean an extreme love of the self; it can also mean a form of martyrdom.

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      1. TopTenz Master at |

        Dropping the knowledge! Nicely done, Shannon!

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        1. Jonathan Reiter at |

          Agreed.

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  4. Anonymous at |

    I think Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic should’ve been on this list. She has the exact same disorder as SpongeBob, except even worse. Plus, she has an addiction to sweets, which I believe is a trait in another disorder.

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    1. Landini at |

      True, very true. Not to mention her complete breakdown in “Party of One.”

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  5. Ali at |

    There is a ABC 3 cartoon that I just seen twice while skimming through channels. The cartoons title is ‘Elliot Kid’. This kid has a disorder that he imagines some events eg. castle, future, pirate, wizard ect. but this imaginary problem effects the people around him such as the principal being evil and thinks theres a giant bunny on the loose which is his sister in a rabbit costume. Even he sprayed her with the hose. His 2 friends also get into his disorderly adventure, embarrassing themselves and always getting into trouble. If there are more disordered cartoon characters make another list.

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  6. leeann at |

    this list is awesome! my favorite so far. very unique! thanks!

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  7. David at |

    I like The “Hulk-Hulk.” The “Hulk will smash!” and “Hulk is strongest one there is!” Hulk. Over the past few years, he`s become a wimp. Personally, I think the 1980`s cartoon Hulk is better than the movies.

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  8. Peter Boucher at |

    So regarding No. 7, Glen Quagmire. When he is sexually aroused he always says the word “Giggity”. Is there a term, origin, definition, or any kind of explanation for him using that word ? I’m at a loss for words (No pun intended) regarding that “word”.

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    1. Nathan at |

      tourette’s syndrome??

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      1. Shannon at |

        I would count that more as a catch phrase or a “that’s what she said” but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be indicative of something else. Tourette’s is a type of tic disorderthat is marked by an inability to “filter” appropriate comments when they are in a state of excitation (happiness, anger, anxiety, sadness, etc.). Quagmire could have a mild case of Tourette’s. I’m not a psychologist, just a former psych major. :-)

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  9. FMH at |

    I think Ariel has some more problems than just hoarding, but that would probably need longer analysis.
    Does anyone know whether Dissociative Identity Disorder is officially recognized today? Last time I saw a documentary about it, it was presented as a complete bogus, but that’s some time ago.

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    1. Shannon at |

      Yes, DID is an acknowledged disorder according to the DSM-5, although I’m sure every therapist has their own views regarding the validity and prevalence of the disorder.

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  10. Amanda-Beth at |

    The more I think about even though I found the little mermaid exhausting in its theme the more I think about it she displays signs of having aspurgers(sorry if spelt wrong) which is on autism spectrum. Think about it she is closet to a crab and fish. She is obsessed with human much how people with autism spectrum extreme focus on 1 thing she hoards things realted to her obsession she seems distant when her sisters or dad are talking to her. I wasn’t ever much into little mermaid despite being a girl I’ve only watched few times by beijg suckerd into it during little sisters. To mw dosent seem Charlie brown s ti socal whatever though he dose have issues I personally lean towards severe intemitent depresion from fact he has few times been cheerful but that’s just my opinion. Yeah homer has a list to himself the Dora thing makes sense. Dora’s cousins Alisa and Diego on go diego go are weirder ya may want to look at that show. I know the rest of characters who they are but not fimmilar with their personiltys so can’t say much. Belle was only Disney princess I ever liked an no she did not have stock home but does seem to have issues she was willing to let herself be in cold dungeon so her dad didn’t have to somethings not right what idk. There are so many cartoon charters. Start with popples I think human children not counting the weird live action 1 the ending was boched int that back to what was saying in cartoon it would seem those human children had schizophrenia as their parents never saw the popples etc. Each if popples cam equiped woth problem. Simpons Maggie dosent talk she has said like 2 words and most 1yr olds are at very least babbling. I think Maggie is on autism spectrum as we have seen her intelligence. Liza chronic depression at 1 time even gave her happy pills. Bart ADHD again was at 1 time on meds. No wonder Marge has huge case of denial she has 3 children who are not right and a drunkard for husband. That’s just to name few and their are so many more cartoons and charters with issues

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    1. Lora at |

      I have Asperger’s and anxiety problems, and I am also a cartoonist, and I am sick and of how so many cartoon characters are being picked apart and labeled with all these disorders they supposedly have. It’s what gives them their personalities and it’s just fun. CARTOON CHARACTERS ARE NOT REAL. And people should be trying to help and understand people with these problems in real life instead calling them nasty things like “crazies” or blaming them for their disorders.

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      1. Shrink9 at |

        I agree but on the same token it helps those of us in the field relate “famous people” to their current day issues. It is a tool to help understandig and normalization.

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      2. Shannon at |

        This list was not meant to offend or belittle those with any of these disorders (except maybe Quagmire’s :-P). This was meant to educate and as Shrink9 pointed out, make it a little more relatable to people who might not otherwise know about these disorders. As a fellow diagnosee of anxiety disorder, I understand where you’re coming from, at a certain a point obviously. It is in usuing cartoon characters to illustrate these disorders that it makes it less threatening to those who do not understand what it’s like to have a mental disorder. Also, not all of these are common disorders, and are only brief synopses highlighting some important and interesting information about these fictional characters and their minds. This was not meant to “pick them apart” for the purpose of insulting any readers, and I appreciate your feedback. I may do another list like this at some point in the future, and your comment will be useful should I decide to do so. Also, you’re welcome to write one that you feel does more justice to real life patients. I would love to read it if you do!

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  11. Lora at |

    I’ve seen a documentary on ABC about WBS, and as a person with Asperger’s I wasn’t too thrilled with seeing a whole room full of kids who want to hug you! I am not completely un-touchy-feely, but I get uncomfortable being in a room with “normal” people who act just a little too friendly. It kind of bothered me that the documentary about them was mostly positive while anything to do with Asperger’s and Autism make us sound like we’re better off dead. And I really don’t envy people with WBS for the fact they don’t usually live past their 50′s.

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    1. Shannon at |

      I often think that disorders on the autism spectrum get the short end of the stick when it comes to any portrayals, real of fictionalized. While this movie came out before I was a born into a sentient and (arguably) intelligent person, I’ve heard that the movie Rain Man caused a lot of trouble for those suffering from autism. Apparently, people were expecting all autistic diagnoses to have some “super power” when really it seems more like a roll of the die if whatever captures your attention is profitable or not. I have a cousin with autism and he knows almost everything there is to know about Libya, I think. You can’t stop him from talking about it! :-) Unfortunately, it is the nature of the beast of autism symptoms to be anti-social in a social species, just as it is in WBS to be inappropriately social. Maybe it just feels more natural to deal with someone being too affectionate as opposed to someone who may act like they want nothing to do with you or their environment? Thanks for sharing, though, you made some great points using your own experiences. :-)

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  12. tassie devil at |

    What about Donald Duck? I think he is definitely the most psychologically interesting Disney character. He starts his short films with great enthusiasm and positivity but soon turns to psychotic rage.

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    1. Shannon at |

      You know what, I can’t believe that I forgot him! That’s a great suggestion. If I ever decide to do a second version of this list, I’m going to have find a way to get him involved. Or you could do one, I’m sure! :-) Great suggestion.

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  13. Lucas L at |

    All of the Winnie the Pooh Characters have mental disorders

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  14. Timeea at |

    Love it, love it, love it!

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  15. Saxen at |

    Homer Simpson blatantly has Borderline Personality Disorder. He’s not just explosively angry, his mood generally changes very rapidly from one extreme to another, anger is just a part of it. It’s a bit silly to base your answer based on ‘wanting something different’. He’s clearly Borderline.

    I’m pasting from Wikipedia here so don’t judge me XD But these are the diagnostic criteria, of which Homer Simpson fits 7 of them (imo). You need 5 for a BPD diagnosis. He doesn’t exhibit the self harming tendencies that are present in most Borderlines, but that wouldn’t really be acceptable for television I don’t think xP

    1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-injuring behavior covered in Criterion 5

    2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.

    3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

    4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., promiscuous sex, excessive spending, eating disorders, binge eating, substance abuse, reckless driving). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-injuring behavior covered in Criterion 5

    5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, threats or self-injuring behavior such as cutting, interfering with the healing of scars or picking at oneself (excoriation).

    6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).

    7. Chronic feelings of emptiness

    8. Inappropriate anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).

    9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation, delusions or severe dissociative symptoms

    I have this disorder and see so much of Homer in myself XD

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  16. Katlin Haris at |

    I agree with all of these except for Calvin. I had an imaginary friend for years, and i “interacted” with him in much the same way, going so far as to have him help me with my homework (to be fair, I was six). I have, however, seen schizophrenia applied to Christopher Robin, and, seeing as their situations are very similar, I could be wrong about this.

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  17. Glen at |

    I’m surprised Ren Hoek of Ren & Stimpy isn’t on this list. He constantly lost his temper, leading to rage and verbal and physical abuse upon his best friend….

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  18. Lucille at |

    What about Double-D from Ed Edd n Eddy? His Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is pretty bad. He went completely insane when he couldn’t take a shower, everything in his room is labeled, and… well… everything he does is a bit excessive.

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  19. Megan at |

    See? even cartoon charcters suffer from mental illnesses .

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