Superheroes and mental illness why our stories matter the. Patrick oconnor of the chicago school of professional psychology, featured comic creators robbie thompson silk and spidey and tana ford silk and her creatorowned duck, as well as mental health professionals josue cardona, elizabeth smith and joseph serrano, who arrived wearing full azrael batman cosplay. What were once quirky personality traits are in actuality, mental illnesses. He also believed that a watermelon was growing in his stomach after swallowing a watermelon seed. The book itself does not have to be about mental illness, but can have a characters with a disorder. The following is a list of mental disorders as defined by the dsm and icd the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders dsm is the american psychiatric associations standard reference for psychiatry which includes over 450 different definitions of mental disorders.
Abed is a whimsical child in the body of a grown man and hes the most lovable character in the show. This category is for villains who have any type of psychological disorder and can be deemed as mentally unstable or villains suffering from mental disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder, dissociative identity disorder dissociative villains, schizophrenia and psychosis. This only reinforces the false stigma that those with powers, in fact those suffering from mental illness, are not to be trusted, thankfully, comic book movies often show the hero as a mirror image, a good compared to the bad, and the hero using a combination of natural skills and super powered abilities to overcome the villain with allies. Psychiatrists call out dc on depictions of mentally ill. We look at superheroes as modern gods in many ways. There are, however, other, often personal, comics that can open your eyes to real human experiences with mental.
Mira, one of the main characters, has depression, and the book shows her having good days and bad days. Nevertheless, mental illness continues to be a trait found in many comic book villains although it should be noted that not all writers offer accurate realworld depictions of the conditions these characters allegedly have. Her early inability to control her powers resulted in some terrible events such as nearly killing her own sister. The shows on tv that actually portray mental illness well.
Movies that feature characters dealing with mental illness. Elsa one of the main characters in the hugely successful disney movie frozen was born with the magical ability to produce and manipulate ice and snow. If they lived among us and were judged the way you and i are, they would be in major trouble. Pages in category marvel comics characters who have mental powers the following 35 pages are in this category, out of 35 total.
Marvel comics demonstrated earlier this year how comic books can promote mental health instead of stigma when it featured the national suicide prevention lifeline in. Batman nearly all superheroes suffer from or some degree of depersonalization disorder. As a result, elsa developed disorders like paranoia and agoraphobia. Violet and the trial of trauma, uses in her therapeutic work. Because fictional characters can help us understand our own stories as well as help us overcome our struggles, w e wanted to know what characters people with depression identify with. Eeyore was made to be a depressed character, for whatever reason, but milne s imagination went far beyond depression when he was writing out his timeless tales. Books that feature characters dealing with mental illness. This unique mirrorissue reminds us how anyone can suffer from mental health problems in the world of superheroes. Marvel comics has been at the forefront of awareness for mental illness for quite some time. Mental illness is an area frequently misunderstood by authors and readers alike. It is a common weakness to characters in comic books and a somewhat poorly used trope.
Fictional characters with psychological disorders flow. What are the top 10 mentally ill dc and marvel comic characters. Stories chronicling the struggles of young people and their friends, siblings, or parents who suffer from anxiety, depression, obsessivecompulsive disorder ocd, agoraphobia, an eating disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, hypochondria, and other illnesses make for engrossing. However, these gods are subject to many mental health problems. Jun 28, 2012 many seemingly innocent cartoon characters should count their lucky stars that they live in an animated, fictional universe. Remember, what happens on the inside is not what is always shown on the outside. These include behavioral or chemical dysfunction, abnormal disorders, intense fears, chemical dependency and, natural to comics, exposure to substances which affect a persons thought process and actions. For this list, were praising the films and shows that go out of their way to change the warped view of mental. The importance of addressing trauma and mental health in comics. Batman, the lead character of the eponymous comic book series by dc comics, has an alter ego, bruce wayne, and shows tendencies of schizoid personality disorder, or even schizotypal personality disorder. A lot of people shit on her character because they dont like that she ended up with harry, but theres so much more to. Multiple personality disorder mpd this one is pretty self explanatory in my opinion.
Jan 14, 2015 psychiatrists diagnose gothams villains with mental illnesses. These movies feature characters living and often struggling with mental illness and can help kids understand more about this often sensitive subject. Calvin schizophrenia calvin is a sixyear old boy from the famous comic strip calvin and hobbes, with a stuffed tiger named hobbes. Top 10 most accurate depictions of mental illness in movies. Superheroes who have depression or any other mental illness. They deal with issues across a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, disorders, and clinical psychoses. He is notorious for his inability to maintain longterm relationships. Superheroes and villains who are mentally ill screenrant. The portrayal of comic book villains perceived to have mental illnesses and the trope of villainy being caused by mental illness reinforces negative stereotypes we have as a society. He appears as the lead protagonist of the comic book series published by dc comics. Apr 21, 2016 8 popular tv characters that make mental disorders look cool when they actually arent. When comics depict mental illness the new york times. Depending on the situation, mental illness can be used to explain the suffering of a character, or make them seem more scary and frightening. Fact most superheroes are disturbed individuals who suffering from some type ptsd red sonja, narcissistic personality disorder thor, obsessive compulsive disorder.
Not the taboo subject it once was, mental illness offers rich territory to explore in books for kids and teens. Properly potraying characters with mental illness amino. Fictional characters with psychological disorders cartoon or fictional characters can really make children happy due to the attitude and moves that they do in a certain situation. He is notably famous as a superhero with no superhuman powers, and has geniuslevel intelligence, access to high. The temptation to examine the human condition through characters who think or behave in ways we find strange is a common theme in literature, and yet more and more of society is waking up to the fact that frivolous depictions of mental illness can have serious realworld implications. Most children today are choosing cartoons to watch rather than some educational movies. We asked people from our mental health community who live with depression to share one character they relate to. According to the canadian mental health association cmha, mental illness will affect 20% of canadians at least once in their life. Sep 19, 2017 while most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point in their career, the struggle for antman, aka giant man, aka yellowjacket, aka goliath, has been ongoing. These are the top 10 most accurate depictions of mental illness in movies and tv. There are other characters in the hospital that also suffer from various mental illnesses. Apr 10, 2017 this only reinforces the false stigma that those with powers, in fact those suffering from mental illness, are not to be trusted, thankfully, comic book movies often show the hero as a mirror image, a good compared to the bad, and the hero using a combination of natural skills and super powered abilities to overcome the villain with allies.
Usually, shows involve heartbreak for depressed characters or plotlines revolving around their inability to sustain marriages, friendships, or relationships. Batman is one of the most popular superheroes of all time. In the interests of a blog im about to write, can anyone think of any comic books or comic book characters, now or ever which have dealt with mental illness in a way that you consider to be. May 19, 2016 elsa one of the main characters in the hugely successful disney movie frozen was born with the magical ability to produce and manipulate ice and snow. May 23, 2016 100 mustread books about mental illness sarah s. Mental health myths black community hellobeautiful. Mental illness, superheroes, and stereotypes vasilis pozios. Davis may 23, 2016 may is mental health awareness month and a great time to explore the many writers who write on diverse topics related to mental health and mental illness. Artist illustrates mental illness and disorders in. What fictional characters have mental disorders, and what. There are three main characters, and at least two of them have confirmed mental illnesses.
While most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point in their career, the struggle for antman, aka giant man, aka yellowjacket, aka goliath, has been ongoing. Finding movies about mental health especially ones that accurately represent what its like to live with mental illness can often be difficult. Mar 28, 2019 artist illustrates mental illness and disorders in his own personal depictions and in recent time we have seen how people have contributed and played their part in spreading awareness about it. Unbeknownst to himself, milne was giving eeyore a mental disorder far beyond the normal scope of depression, a disorder called dysthymia. Comic book characters, as with many fictional characters, are often exaggerations of human conditions. Mentallyill and insane characters have a long and storied history in anime and manga. Movies that feature characters dealing with mental illness talking to kids about depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues can be tough. May 05, 2017 addressing mental health in our community is a touchy subjectand it shouldnt be given how many africanamericans are suffering from a form depression and anxiety or mental illness such as bi.
These characters have such glaring and longenduring mental disorders that theres no way they could escape years of therapy, and possible institutionalization. If you need information and practical advice on mental health, you can call the rethink advice and information service on 0300 5000 927 10am2pm, if youre in the uk. There are hundreds of extremely worthy films that have been made over the years that deal with the issue of mental illness, but these ones are fantastic and in most cases very educational. May 26, 2018 its also reflected in his need to be the smartest man in the room at all times. Calvin believes that hobbes comes to life when no one else is around, helping him fight enemies, complete science projects and reflect upon philosophies of life. Jul 07, 2018 these are the top 10 most accurate depictions of mental illness in movies and tv. This is something licensed clinical psychologist janina scarlet, ph. Suffers of mpd are characterized with having at least one altered personality. And every time a popular show adds to the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, it become that much harder for those suffering from to. Mental illness is a mental or behavioral pattern which causes strife or anguish to ones life.
Many seemingly innocent cartoon characters should count their lucky stars that they live in an animated, fictional universe. In superhero stories, mental illness is often associated with violence and villainy. The following post contains spoilers for the movies mentioned. Addressing mental health in our community is a touchy subjectand it shouldnt be given how many africanamericans are suffering from a form. You must be out of your mind if you are able to kill somebody or if you think that you should rule the world. Chuckie in the show, rugrats, had many worries in the show. Psychiatrists diagnose gothams villains with mental illnesses. Oftentimes, fictional characters with mental illness seem to be unable to find a healthy or stable relationship. Its also reflected in his need to be the smartest man in the room at all times. The times piece called for dc comics to change its depiction of the mentally ill, now that the publisher revamps its comic characters as part of the new 52 initiative.
Remember that your character is not a mental illness and that they are real people or comic book characters, but you get me. When searching for a good show to watch or book to read, we sometimes find ourselves searching for characters we identify with, watching how they go through experiences similar to our own. Artist illustrates mental illness and disorders in his own personal depictions and in recent time we have seen how people have contributed and played their part in. Lisa, another patient, is diagnosed as a sociopath, which is an outdated term that is now referred to as antisocial personality disorder.106 1370 765 523 432 688 252 975 1269 625 1400 656 965 586 262 360 397 1234 410 1274 1001 1490 713 1465 1332 80 1134 1175 712 145