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The Mental Health Of Your Favorite Fandom

MENTAL HEALTH of your FAVORITE FANDOM Sam & Dean Winchester (Supernatural) Possible Diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder The Winchester boys of Supernatural have suffered through sudden tragedy, torture, betrayal, and "Saving people, hunting things. the family business." nonstop stress. This all began at an early age and any reprieve was fleeting; snuffed away by cruel forces. They both exhibit symptoms of PTSD; The brothers are always on edge as guilt eats at them, sleep comes in short, haunted stints, and painful memories are triggered without warning. Despite all this, they will stop at nothing to save the world. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock) Possible Diagnosis: Autistic, NOT Sociopathic 221B "Sentiment is a chemical defect found on the Holmes' incredible mind makes him the master of his craft. losing side." His obsession with cracking cases limits his ability to see people as more than puzzles to solve, and emotions are volatile elements he prefers to cut out of the equation. He is NOT a sociopath, as many claim. Sherlock cares for his friends, Mr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson, enough to make sacrifices for their wellbeing; a sociopath is incapable of that. Sheldon Cooper (Big Bang Theory) Possible Diagnosis: Asperger Syndrome "You may not realize it, but I ňave difficulty navigating certain aspects of daily life. You know, understanding sarcasm, feigning interešt in others, not talking about trains as much as I want. Its exhausting!" Sheldon Cooper, PhD is a theoretical physicist with a soaring IQ, who happens to be socially clueless. He tries to navigate this confusion with relationship algorithms, but irony still escapes him and logic beats out empathy in his books. This lovable geek may exhibit Asperger tendencies, but he is his own unique individual, just like anyone who is diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones) Possible Diagnosis: Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder "If you ever call me sister again I'll have you strangled in your sleep." Cersei Lannister has been exposed to suffering and betrayal since birth. This may be the root to the stormy emotions and venomous rage she exhibits without warning. She adores her children as reflections of her legacy and will not hesitate to murder and manipulate to protect them. Rorschach (Watchmen) Possible Diagnosis: Multiple Personality Disorder "I live my life free of compromise and step into the shadows without complaint or regret" A non-existent father coupled with a physically abusive and absent mother are perhaps to blame for Rorschach's development of multiple personality đisorder. Despite this, Rorschach has devoted his life to fighting crime and dispatching justice in his own way. Although violent on the surface, it can be argued that the criminals he encounters suffer adequate consequences comparable to their horrific actions. Batman Possible Diagnosis: Post-Traumatic 'Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder "Criminals, by nature, are a cowardly and superstitious lot. To instill fear into their hearts, I became a bat. A monster in the night. And in doing so, I have become the very thing that all monsters bečome. Alone." The brutal murder of young Bruce Wayne's parents propelled him to become the vengeful vigilante known as Batman. He harnessed the trauma as a driving force to carve his body and mind into the ultimate justice-exacting machine. This alter-identity comes at a steep price; he denies himself any joy or true intimacy. It is possible that his obsession with erasing villains and becoming the Batman is a mechanism to numb the pain of loss. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Battlestar Galactica) Possible Diagnosis: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder "Fear gets you killed. Anger keeps you alive." Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace is a gritty, swashbuckling pilot with a past plagued by pain. Her mother, a heavy-drinking, retired soldier dealing with her own trauma, believed that suffering strengthened the soul, leading her to abuse Kara. This instilled in her the need to be a die-hard warrior. While Kara is angry, reckless, and defiant of authority, she is also a brave hero who cares deeply and is willing to do whatever it takes to save humanity. While these characters are fictional, the mental health issues are not; they deserve respect and understanding. A mental illness is not a death sentence or a mark of shame. Heroes, villains, and ordinary people live with them every day. || | Morningside RECOVERY

The Mental Health Of Your Favorite Fandom

shared by Michaelson on Aug 20
As mental health issues become more understood and accepted throughout modern culture, their incorporation in pop culture has become commonplace. Many of your favorite television, movie, book or comic...


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