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Mental Illness In Popular Disney Movies

Let's diagnose these poor dears...

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1. "The Lion King": acute stress disorder/PTSD

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Simba witnessed his own father's violent end and blamed himself for years. Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event that induces a strong emotional response within the individual. This can develop into PTSD, characterized by: nightmares or flashbacks, avoidance of situations that bring back the trauma, heightened reactivity to stimuli, anxiety, or depressed mood.

2. "Frozen": social isolation leading to clinical depression and severe anxiety

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Elsa became worse and worse over the years as she was isolated from even her own sister... she had extreme anxiety about her powers and felt out of control. Symptoms of anxiety disorders include: stress that's out of proportion to the impact of the event, inability to set aside a worry, and restlessness.

3. "Inside Out": childhood depression

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The main character, Riley, struggles to adjust to a new home, school and community after moving far from her original home. This takes a toll on her mental health. The persistent feeling of sadness or loss of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of behavioral and physical symptoms. These may include changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration, daily behavior, or self-esteem.

4. "The Little Mermaid": Hoarding Disorder

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Let's face it, Ariel- you are a hoarder. Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs. THIS IS EXCESSIVE.

5. "Beauty and The Beast": Intermittent Explosive Disorder and Depression


The beast constantly "overreacts" with explosions of anger to any situation. ntermittent explosive disorder (IED) is an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger. The disorder is typified by hostility, impulsivity, and recurrent aggressive outbursts. People with IED essentially “explode” into a rage despite a lack of apparent provocation or reason.

6. "Snow White": the evil queen & her Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Symptoms include an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others' feelings, an inability to handle any criticism, and a sense of entitlement.

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