Porky Pig – Parkinson’s Disease
Porky Pig is a lovable hot tempered pig who first appeared as a minor character in a Warner Brothers cartoon. He has a trademark stutter that gets more pronounced as he gets agitated, which is guaranteed in any of his cartoon. Pending a medical examination, Porky would be a good candidate for a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Those stricken with Parkinson’s tend to hold their stance as slightly bent at the knees and spine, with arms often akimbo. His rapid, barely intelligible speech and bent posture are known indicators of this disease.
Olive Oyl – Anorexia
Olive Oyl is best known as the rather fickle girlfriend of Popeye the Sailor. She is a lady who is rather taken with her appearance, and tends to place a high importance on the way she looks at all times. Her most striking features are her large feet and stick thin body. While the size of her feet would be genetic, Ms. Oyl’s overly critical attitude about her appearance coupled with her dramatic lack of body fat would indicate she may be suffering from Anorexia. Those plagued by this condition are always analyzing their body weight, and try to think of new ways to be thinner, at the cost of their health.
Speedy Gonzales – Amphetamine Addiction
Speedy Gonzales is known as the fastest mouse in Mexico. Those who know about amphetamines and the addiction which plagues its users also know that Speedy exhibits some of the more well know symptoms of this drug. Rapid heartbeat, dilated pupils and overly exaggerated fast speech are this drug’s calling card. Physical agitation, such as Speedy’s need for speed, is also a well known symptom. If Speedy Gonzales were an actual human, he would be a good candidate for a drug screening and intervention for amphetamine addiction.
Daffy Duck – Attention Deficit Disorder
Although the exact symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder can vary widely among patients, some of the most diagnosed symptoms are exhibited by none other than Daffy Duck. With his explosive attitude and nonstop energy, Daffy is a prime example of a prominent symptom of ADD. In each episode, he is always on the go, and is easily distracted from his goal, whatever it may be. Daffy’s short attention span, highly agitated personality and excessive energy make him a good representative of Attention Deficit Disorder.
Popeye the Sailor – Gigantism
Gigantism is an affliction which is caused by hormonal imbalance, particularly the growth hormones, and usually is triggered during childhood. The unchecked growth hormones cause abnormal growth in height, as well as in the limbs. Although Popeye the Sailor is not a tall character, he does possess limb proportions which are visibly abnormal. The forearms and hands are definitely oversized, along with the lower legs and feet. Another symptom of gigantism is weakness, which Popeye seems to suffer from unless he eats spinach. Upon close visual inspection, most medical doctors would agree that Popeye suffers from at least a mild form of gigantism.
Yosemite Sam – Senile Agitation
Senile Agitation is a condition which will be gaining more attention in the future, as our society is slowly increasing in its elderly population. Yosemite Sam is a violently belligerent hothead who cannot control his temper. He is more than willing to lash out at any nearby individual, which puts him squarely into the Senile Agitation category. When Sam gets angry, which is more often than not, he has a tendency to forget things and become reckless in his actions. When our elderly behave in this manner, they are commonly diagnosed with this condition.
Eeyore – Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological condition which makes its sufferers prone to fall asleep throughout the day. During waking hours a narcoleptic will often appear drowsy, and will have slow speech patterns and possibly even some slurred speech. In the Winnie the Pooh series is the depressively slow speaking donkey that always looks as if he is ready to fall asleep. Eeyore’s physical characteristics are not unlike the ones found in narcoleptic patients. With his drowsy appearance in slow speech patterns, Eeyore could reasonably be diagnosed with narcolepsy.
Pepe Le Pew – Sexual Addiction
Sexual addiction is characterized by an insatiable desire or need for sex. Some individuals reported to suffer from this malady say they cannot control their sexual impulses and are dependent upon sex, some even say addicted. Pepe Le Pew is the lovable Warner Bros. skunk who is in perpetual need of a love partner. Pepe is always on the lookout for his next love partner and pursues any possible love connections he may encounter. With mating on his mind at all times, Pepe Le Pew is the cartoon equivalent of an individual who is suffering from sex addiction.
Tasmanian Devil – Violent Mood Swings
We all have bad days which make us want to transform into raving individuals, but no one can compete with the Tasmanian Devil. This curiously hyperactive cartoon character is a good example of an individual with violent mood swings. Taz can be a complacent character for a long period of time, or until he is set off by others or by circumstances. Instantly Taz becomes the Tasmanian Devil, a stark raving mad cyclone of destruction. People who are prone to violent mood swings have a tendency to be calm individuals until they are subjected to someone who opposes or contradicts them, or a situation which poses a stressful situation. Usually the individual will make a sudden shift from calm to highly agitated and hostile.
Marvin the Martian – Napoleon Complex
When someone suffers from a Napoleon complex, they seem to deem themselves inferior to others in some way. They usually want to compensate for these feelings by making huge accomplishment in their life. In most cases, this complex is attributed to people who are short in stature physically. The most well-known animated character who seems to suffer from this condition is Marvin the Martian. Marvin is continuously trying to compensate for his size by doing something huge, which usually involves blowing up the Earth.
Silvestre – Severe Lisp
One of the most proliferate speech impediments is a lisp. Most people who talk with the list have a mild form; however some individuals have a Severe Lisp which is impossible to cover from being noticed. Sylvester the Cat is best known as the silly cat who is always trying to catch Tweety Bird. Sylvester also suffers from a severe lisp, and it plays into the comedic effect of his cartoons. In real life having a severe lisp has no comedic value, and often causes pain and humiliation for those afflicted. Some lisps are caused by psychological elements which can be treated by speech therapy, and others are caused by physical deformity within the mouth which can be treated surgically.
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