A Psychological Analysis of Winnie the Pooh and His Friends

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1. Patient Description: Patient is a young school age boy with light brown hair and deep brown eyes. He has a very friendly demeanor and is dressed in a polo shirt, shorts, and wears uneven socks. He lives in a home with his mother and attends school regularly. He states that he likes school but that his favorite time of day is when he is in his bedroom playing with his toys. He says that his best friend is his stuffed bear, Pooh and that he waits for him every day until he returns from school. Patient immediately starts talking about a wonderful place that he visits with his toys calls the "Hundred Acre Wood." When inquired if this is a place that he dreams about he replies that it is not in fact a dream, and that he visits this magical place with his toys. He soon shares a book titled Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A Milne. Inside of the book he reveals various drawings of his toys and their homes. The patient shows where he lives in this magical place which is the inside of a large tree. He also has a swing drawn outside the front door of his "home." Patient seems very proud of his drawings and is passionate about this make-belief place. When asked if he could show me this wonderful place, he responded that only he can see his toys and go on adventures with them. Besides this fault the patient seems to show no other signs of mental disorder. Conclusions: Although patient seems like a normal boy at first glance, he does show signs of a mental disorder. He can be easily diagnosed with schizophrenia since he is unable to differentiate between real life and his imaginary world. Although his toys are real, he hallucinates having experiences and adventures with them, a sure sign of a psychological disorder. Luckily, the patient does not have h... ... middle of paper ... ...r therapies for treating depression including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). ECT is a biomedical therapy that sends an electric current through the brain of an anesthetized patient. These mini shock-induced seizures calm the neural centers of the brain and help to boost the production of new brain cells. Many are skeptical of this treatment but after years of testing and usage, it has been proven to work and has the same benefits as medication. Another controversial method, rTMS, uses magnetic energy pulses to stimulate or suppress brain functioning and activity. This procedure has been used to energize the relatively inactive frontal lobe and thus decrease depressive symptoms. Although this patient struggles with daily sadness and a loss of interest, there are plenty of treatment options available to him.

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