Did you grow up watching Winnie the Pooh? Of course you did—One Hundred Acre Woods was a special place for most youngsters as they watched their favorites—Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and others—take all sorts of adventures together, especially along with their favorite human, Christopher Robin.

But have you ever noticed the various characteristics of each character? How different they all were? For example, Tigger was always bopping around and Eeyore was much more slow-paced. Well, it turns out that each character on Winnie the Pooh was written to display a different mental illness. All the more reason to enjoy this classic show—this is as real as it gets, people.

So which character represents which mental illness? Some might be obvious, but some are less so. Here’s all your favorites, and what they suffer from:

  1. Pooh Bear = ADHD, Inattentive

    Ever notice how Pooh constantly forgets things, is pretty disorderly, scattered, hesitant in most situations, makes random remarks, and forgets things at a the drop of a hat? Those are all signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, but specifically, the inattentive subtype.

  2. Tigger = ADHD, Hyperactivity

    On the opposite end of the ADHD spectrum is hyperactivity. Tigger is known for bouncing around with mega high energy, not really knowing who wants him around (but assuming everyone does). He can’t really sit still, blurts out all sorts of random comments at not necessarily the most opportune times, and sometimes interrupts people too.

  3. Piglet = Anxiety

    Constantly worrying about everything and thinking the worst, Piglet displays all the main signs of generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD. He’s worried about absolutely everything—and sometimes the lead-up is even worse than the actual event he’s anxious about. Most of the things people with GAD worry about are things others might not find as anxiety-inducing.

  4. Eeyore = Depression

    Image of Eeyore

    Have you ever seen Eeyone happy? He’s usually pretty down and dejected, mumbling about something he’s sad about something. Even if something happy happens, he can’t see the good in it. He’s very negative and sad, and definitely suffers from depression.

  5. Rabbit = OCD

    Whether he’s tending to his garden or tidying up his space, Rabbit is always making sure everything is in its place and to his liking. Even more so, he gets very panicky and agitated if something isn’t to his perfect liking—all surefire signs of OCD.

  6. Kanga = Social Anxiety Disorder

    Think about it—Kanga is mega worried about her son, Roo, to the point where she doesn’t enjoy socializing or being around others. She’s worried about being a single mom and is always trying to keep Roo with her, in her pouch, to protect him.

  7. Roo = Autistic

    Though Kanga tries to keep Roo near her at all times, he’s always wandering away, sometimes into dangerous situations. He doesn’t really pay much attention to his surroundings. On the other end, when he is in Kanga’s pouch, he usually sits pretty silent, and doesn’t prefer to leave. Because of this, it’s believed that Roo is on the autism spectrum.

  8. Owl = Narcissistic Personality Disorder

    While he is pretty smart, Owl can come off as a bit of a know-it-all, and tends to act superior to the others. Deep down, he’s insecure, but displays his arrogance on the outside.

  9. Christopher Robin = Schizophrenia

    All the characters in Hundred Acre Woods are stuffed animals and come to life through Christopher Robin (the only human)’s imagination—therefore, it’s believed he may suffer from schizophrenia. While schizophrenia actually doesn’t cause you to see and hear things that aren’t there, it can cause a split of reality. Since his whole world is basically a figment of his imagination, schizophrenia is certainly a possibility.

Were you a fan of Winnie the Pooh growing up? Did you connect these mental illnesses with some of your favorite characters?