Winnie The Pooh- Not Just A Cartoon
When you read or watch Winnie The Pooh as a child, it’s just a fun story where the friends help each other out and have fun. However, when you glance a little deeper into it, you notice that each character represents a mental condition that needs to be discussed.
I watched Winnie The Pooh without any adult supervision and my parents didn’t tell me what each character represented. As I grew up and started getting curious about mental health, I learned that this ‘fun’ cartoon is actually a great way to learn about mental conditions.
To brief you, these are the mental conditions each character portrays:
Winnie the Pooh – Impulsivity with obsessive fixations.
Piglet – Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Rabbit – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Kanga – Social anxiety
Christopher Robin – Schizophrenia
Eeyore – Major depressive disorder
Owl – Dyslexia
Tigger – Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
I realized that I always related the most to Piglet as a child, and somewhere I even looked up to him. As an adult looking back, it makes a lot of sense to me.
For many Winnie The Pooh lovers, as cute as Piglet is, he might come across as timid and crybaby, but for me, he is one of the greatest examples of how anyone with any form of Anxiety Disorder should handle themselves. This little pink character gives a really strong message of winning over your anxiety.
What amazes me the most about Piglet is that, even though he’s constantly questioning himself, and his thoughts are messing with him, he never says no to a new adventure. Inside, his thoughts might be screaming at him to say no, but he says yes and goes on an adventure. However, he always makes sure that he lets his friends know that he is anxious. In a troubled situation, he might hide behind Winnie The Pooh, but he fights his fear and comes out strong.
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I also looked up to him because of the kind of fr iends he had. In the real world, not many kids are blessed with friends who understand their problem. Piglet had a strong support system. Maybe that is why he went on those adventures. Because he trusted his friends to help him if he spirals. Because he knew he could rely on them.
If only everyone dealing with anxiety had that assurance, it would be so simple to express and overcome the fears.
Winnie The Pooh not only depicts a plethora of mental conditions but also powerfully puts a light on the importance of a support system in our lives. If Piglet didn’t have his friends, he wouldn’t have gone on so many adventures. If Eeyore didn’t have friends, he would have nothing to look forward to. This ‘just a cartoon’ is not just a cartoon.
If you are a new parent or planning to be one, I suggest you to binge watch Winnie The Pooh and educate yourself about mental health. This show will not only help you help your kids understand about mental health, but also impart kindness on them so that they become a support system for someone. It will also educate you to be a support system for your kids and help you understand many problems kids go through in development.
Bottom line, don’t stop yourselves or your kids from watching Winnie The Pooh because it is not ‘just a cartoon’.