The Mental Disorders Behind Winnie the Pooh and Friends


When it comes to Winnie the Pooh, we tend to think of him as just a “silly old bear.” Would anyone every stop to think that maybe Pooh has a serious psychological disorder? Apparently, someone did. A group of Canadian researchers published a paper in 2000 that analyzed not just Pooh, but his friends, too.

They determined that Winne the Pooh and his pals were suffering from some major mental disorders. It’s clear after reading their research that the Hundred Acre Wood is in need of some help. Perhaps it’s time for a new psychologist animal to join the gang. Weekly counseling sessions and a healthy dose of antidepressants and SSRIs would go a long way for poor Pooh and his friends.

Here’s how the team diagnosed each member of the Hundred Acre Wood:

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh
Image Credit: Disney

Our beloved Pooh bear has a strange fixation on honey. He also has trouble focusing and is prone to repetitive counting. That lead researchers to determine that Pooh is suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He also suffers from impulse control and most likely has an eating disorder, leading to his obesity.


Poor little Piglet is what you might call a “worry-wart.” His obsessive worrying led researchers to diagnose Piglet with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). He also suffers from panophobia, “a vague and persistent dread of some unknown evil.”


This one’s just obvious. If there was ever a clear-cut case of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it’s Tigger. Our poor tiger friend is completely unable to contain his excitement at all times. He may also suffer from substance abuse due to his willingness to try any substance that he comes across. ADHD: That’s what Tiggers do best!


Though he fancies himself as a wise old owl, the opposite seems to be true. His writings are fraught with missing and jumbled letters. It’s obvious that Owl suffers from dyslexia.


At first glance, Kanga may just appear to be a very attentive mother. The truth is that she exhibits an extreme overprotectiveness toward her son, Roo. Researchers believe Kanga may be suffering from social anxiety disorder (SAD).


Our old friend Rabbit just wants to relax, but he just can’t seem to do it. His obsession with order and neatness keeps him from becoming calm. Rabbit is clearly suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


If Tigger’s disorder was obvious, Eeyore’s is practically written on his face. The poor, long-suffering donkey is obviously a victim of major depressive disorder (MDD), or simply depression.

Christopher Robin

What do you call a young boy who spends his days playing with stuff animals in the woods? Well, you might say he just has an active imagination. But his auditory hallucinations and inability to recognize that his friends are merely stuffed animals are troubling. Poor Christopher Robin is a young sufferer of schizophrenia.

What do you think? Are there any other conditions Pooh and his friends might be suffering from? Which character do you relate to the most?