10 February 2012

Pathology in the 100-Acre Wood

"It is clear to our group of modern neurodevelopmentalists that these are in fact stories of Seriously Troubled Individuals, many of whom meet DSM-IV criteria for significant disorders."

You know these folks at the Canadian Medical Association had a lot of fun diagnosing story-book characters from the past, as demonstrated by their abstract.  I can't imagine what the full paper was like; somebody had a lot of time on his hands while he was keeping the real patients waiting eight months for an initial eval. (Just sayin'.)

Pooh-bear isn't just a cuddly and absent-minded little bear who goes bumbling about the woods in the imagination of AA Milne.  Oh, no.  His "perseveration on food and his repetitive counting behaviours raise the diagnostic possibility of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)."  He has ADHD fer sure and needs drugs right now.  Now.

Tigger?  Reckless, socially intrusive, out of control.  The team has NO idea where to start with this boy, he is so messed-up.

They're most worried about Roo because Kanga is a single parent.  Seriously?  Kanga, Roo and Rabbit are the only normal ones in the bunch.  (Rabbit's a little anal, but LOOK at the people around him and you'll see why!  If he didn't organize a bit overly much, his whole world would be chaos.)  I guess Christopher Robin is pretty normal, too, but the team notes that he has little to no parental supervision and it's a shame the characters didn't all organize an "Expotition" to a Child Development Clinic.

4 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha. Not sure I believe any of these "head-doctors" anyway.

    Did you see the reply re the "Psychopathy of the Heffalump" (http://www.cmaj.ca/content/163/12/1557.full/reply#cmaj_el_246451)

    :)

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  2. I think after the last few days I have discovered I married Tigger.

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  3. I think these analysts would have a field day with many of my childhood favourite books.

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  4. Now Winnie the Pooh is my favorite, but have you seen the new movie? It has been confirmed that the pooh charcaters are not very smart..

    Esp the part of the movie when they all fall down the hole, and are trying to figure out how to get out of the hole.. Everyone but piglet, that would include Owl.. who can fly..lol

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