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. Comic books may be a helpful tool for treating mentally ill adolescents and adults, eindra khin khin, md, said at the annual meeting of the american academy of psychiatry and the law. Comic books can help to enlighten and educate readers about mental illness. He decided mischa, a counterculture college girl in her early 20s, would be the character best suited to tell the tale of a young person struggling with mental illness.
Legions character is a rare instance in comics or television in which mental illness has been used as more than a mere plot device. Many seemingly innocent cartoon characters should count their lucky stars that they live in an animated, fictional universe. In the wake of barbara gordons controversial new status quo, its a good time to explore one of the major comic book tropes. Mental health representation matters psychology today. Over the last decade, the growth in ya books about mental illness is hard to overlook. Cartoon characters with mental illness by sal khan on prezi. Marvin the martian and eeyore research indicates that mental illness is incredibly common particularly amongst fictional animated characters. Having depression doesnt mean your character cant still have fun or laugh or be social. I feel like sai in naruto may, too and maybe add or adhd for naruto.
Used properly, mental illness can be a crutch a character must lean. These anime feature characters who struggle with a debilitating health condition, whether theyre diagnosed with a terminal illness or a lifelong condition that impacts their way of life. According to the nami website, 1 in 5 americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime, and the more we talk about the subjecteven in fantastical contextsthe more we can do to understand and assist those who live. If they lived among us and were judged the way you and i are, they would be in major trouble. Cartoon characters with mental disorders find a therapist.
Homer simpson and spongebob squarepants the following characters have such glaring, and longenduring, mental disorders, prezi. Graphic novels about mental illness graphic novels, comic books, etc. Mental health cartoons and comics funny pictures from. But, are there any anime that feature disabled characters, or ones that are mentally ill. Nc sacramento, ca saint louis, mo san antonio, tx san diego, ca. Superheroes who have depression or any other mental. Both characters are now wellknown to movie audiences as well. The character does not have to be officially diagnosed as mentally ill or go to therapy in the book to qualify. Whether its in a comic book or a movie, most everyone has seen a. Superheroes who have depression or any other mental illness.
Symptoms involve constant seeking for approval, inappropriate seductive dressing or behaviour, and being overly dramatic and emotional, traits ohara has. Mira, one of the main characters, has depression, and the book shows her having good days and bad days. If you can, please add the name of the character youve voted for in the why you added this book section. These are available to license for books, magazines, merchandise, newsletters, presentations and websites. Humor is a powerful way to deal with the barbs of life. Psychology of fictional characters is becoming a new trend in scientific discussion. Are there any superheroesvillains with mental health. Comic eddie pepitone, who suffered a nervous breakdown at age thirtyfive, panic attacks and claustrophobia says comedy can help you get through some of the toughest symptoms of a mental illness. Russian federation, rwanda, saint helena, saint kitts and nevis, saint. When i read a work of fiction that either deals with mental illness in some way or the main character has a mental illness its usually with some degree of trepidation. Books that feature characters dealing with mental illness. The examination of mental illness in comic form goes well beyond that seen in genre comics, says ian williams, a general practitioner and comics artist. Superheroes and supervillains with mental disorders florida. Comic book raises awareness of mental illness ht health.
Fact most superheroes are disturbed individuals who suffering from some type ptsd red sonja, narcissistic personality disorder thor, obsessive compulsive disorder. He knew a comic book was the way to get those messages across. See more ideas about depression and anxiety, mental health, depression. Sacramento, ca saint louis, mo san antonio, tx san diego, ca. 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. 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 menta.
Arguable a lot of superheroes and villains have some mental health issues, based on their choice to dress up in elaborate costumes and spend their lives mostly engaged in superherosupervillain behavior to the point they rarely have very much time. Works of fiction dealing with mental illness include. The best writers on the book seem to be the ones who put poor matt. Superheroes and villains who are mentally ill screenrant. Pages in category mental illness in fiction the following 6 pages are in this category, out of 6 total. If the phrase comic book is to ever escape its taboo life, it needs to be seen and said much more than it currently is. Illustrator draws humorous comics about her mental illness. The main character is zeno cosini, and the book is the fictional characters memoirs that he keeps at the insistence of his psychiatrist. Wheeler, a former vice principal turned artist and mental health advocate, creates mentalhealth inspired artwork based on his experience living with type 1 bipolar disorder and addiction. Ya books about mental illness and mental health book riot. There are experts who take on comic book characters and diagnose them through years of studying the stories and through researching the fields of mental health. Why marvel comics revealed a superhero to be bipolar.
Comic book superhero helps fight stigma surrounding mental. The book itself does not have to be about mental illness, but can have a. We asked people from our mental health community who live with depression to share one character they relate to. In diagnosing characters with mental illness without an explanation. There are three main characters, and at least two of them have confirmed mental illnesses. But if we try to think what it might be like for a real person to have their traits, it might not look like a good idea. The quirks in their personality may be what makes them so endearing to us, but if we encountered these individuals in real life, we would probably direct them toward the. That sentiment is becoming exceedingly rarer as research shows us how complicated mental illness really is. She was the first character i read that had some type of mental illness. On the podcast, mental illness happy hour, paul gilmartin interviews comedians, as well as friends, artists and doctors about mental illness, trauma. Many of our best loved cartoon characters actually display many traits that could be considered as mental health disorders. While most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point.
Simon is also responsible for founding the online better, drawn project that exists as an open showcase for comics drawn by people with experience of living with longterm mental and physical. Most mental illnesses were previously met with a good amount of unfair stigma. The mental health comics and cartoons the cartoonist group. We all love cartoons, particularly for the goofy characters who behave in crazy, whacky ways. The mental health association of new york city applauds the forensic psychiatrists h. Thirtythree writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and. A year after her father died, when she was twenty years old, alison bechdel was looking through some old family photographs and found one of. What are the top 10 mentally ill dc and marvel comic. Simon moretons criticallyacclaimed psychogeographical smoo comics series has touched upon his struggles with depression on a number of occasions. They take the form of relatable mental health comics and illustrations that allow us to commiserate with correll, as well as many others who share her condition. Batman comics primarily aim to entertain, and their interest in mental disorder is second to this. Marvel comics has been at the forefront of awareness for mental illness for quite some time. A robin hoodinspired antihero, simon templar, alias the saint robbed from robbers and kept most of it himself. Batman nearly all superheroes suffer from or some degree of depersonalization disorder.
And every time a popular show adds to the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, it become that much harder for those suffering from to. Comics and graphic novels for world mental health day. Harrison wheeler creates comics inspired by mental illness and the workplace for illustrator harrison wheeler, humor heals. Ledger himself described his portrayal of the iconic comic book villain as a.
These characters have such glaring and longenduring mental disorders that theres no way they could escape years of therapy, and possible institutionalization. Psychiatrists diagnose gothams villains with mental illnesses. 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. For every portrait of depression thats nuanced and realistic, theres glenn close boiling a bunny in fatal attraction. However, comic books often portray villains as not only evil and violent, but as having a mental illness, pozios noted. Click on any image to see links to licensing and related cartoons. Scarlett ohara gone with the wind the archetypal character with histrionic personality disorder. 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. It creates an unnecessary divide in the medium while perpetuating the comic book stigma. Much of davids comic history, as well as the excellent legion tv show. On its face, mental illness is nothing to laugh about, but illustrator gemma correll has used her biting wit as a coping mechanism for her own depression and anxiety.
It is a common weakness to characters in comic books and a somewhat poorly used trope. Harrison wheeler creates comics inspired by mental illness. Here are five popular fictional characters with mental illness. As a way to help erase stigma related to mental illnesses, the national alliance on mental illness has designated may as mental health month. Opinion when comics depict mental illness the new york. 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. The word histrionic refers to theatrical or acting. In superhero stories, mental illness is often associated with violence and villainy. Andrea letamendi uses batman characters to help people learn about mental illnesses. See more ideas about comics, books and mental health. Psychiatrists call out dc on depictions of mentally ill. One mental illness that is frequently seen in popular culture is antisocial. This list is for the best characters, not the best books.
Dc comics recently hired a mental health professional to psychoanalyze popular comicbook characters, such as batman, superman, harley quinn, and others. Light yagami in death note likely has a god complex. How superheroes help us understand mental illnesses. Through the culmination of comic book history, society often sees comics as enjoyed only by children or fanboys. The mental health comics and cartoons collected from thirtyfive of the best cartoonists. Childrens comic cartoon characters with psychological disorders. Pozios, a lifelong comic book reader, told psychiatric news that comic books have never been more mainstream, serving as a primary source of content for multibillion dollar film franchises, tv series, and video game adaptations. Depictions of living with mental illness in movies are a mixed bag. Iconic movie villains with antisocial personality disorder gcu blogs. Clinical psychologist, podcaster and comiccon panelist dr. A collection of comics by various artists who are dealing with longterm mental and physical illnesses.729 1582 526 1532 611 1281 266 1597 1545 1284 417 182 1479 1623 665 1571 760 1494 1080 61 1169 1523 1546 1263 378 905 651 373 554 454 1491 875 794 4 1281 1484 211 1102 641 252 1212 1141 358 691 1317 529 1279 1363