Winnie the Pooh has been around a very long time such a long time it was first released in 1926. That's my grandparents, parents, myself, and my niece being brought up with the same amazing story, and not one part of the stories has dated. It baffles me, that's four generations loving the same stories and I'm sure another four generations will love it too.
Winnie the Pooh has such a cosy and safe feeling when anyone mentions it bringing back memories of childhood bedtime stories however, there is a slight twist to it. Now before anyone jumps to a conclusion that I am a theorist I certainly am not because deep down I still believe that Winnie the Pooh is JUST a lovely children's book.
There is a theory is that each character represents a mental health disorder and the story is about how they live with there lives:
Winnie the Pooh: Impulsive eating disorder.
Piglet: Generalized anxiety disorder.
Eeyore: Depressive disorder.
Rabbit: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Owl: Dyslexia and narcissistic personality disorder.
Tigger: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Kanga: Social anxiety disorder.
Roo: Autism spectrum disorder.
Christopher Robin: Schizophrenia.
The same has been said for another very popular children's Tv show and that is SpongeBob SquarePant.
Teaching children about mental health conditions is very important because many children may be suffering or their family members are too. When I was younger I wasn't taught about any of this instead you judged people as 'crazy'.
Even if Winnie the Pooh is not based around mental health disorders then I do believe it's a good format to normalise mental health disorders and a more caring and subtle way of teaching children about mental health disorders. We shouldn't learn as we get diagnosed or as young adults we should normalise this and be taught at the same time as we are taught how to read and write.
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