Childrens comic cartoon characters with psychological disorders. Jul 22, 2017 if youre tired of faking it, want to get a little perspective, or just want to laugh really hard at how absurd everything is, take a glance at these graphic novels and comic books about mental health. Which are some comic book heroes or villains started as joke characters but. Mental health awareness through superheroes comicbook debate. While most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point. Are there any superheroesvillains with mental health. Theres a whole range of potential suffering under the broad umbrella of mental illness depression, anxiety, eating disorders, drug addiction, ptsd, etc. What are the top 10 mentally ill dc and marvel comic characters. 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. Click on any image to see links to licensing and related cartoons. Borderline personality disorder in the movies psychology. Worse, many have been shamed for struggling with depression and other forms of mental health disorders, she told the mighty, adding. Are there any superheroesvillains with mental health problems.
Here are five popular fictional characters with mental illness. A a g33kpron team member and comics reader who deals with mental illness, seeing characters having these issue is important, and i think youve done a great job of addressing it. These are available to license for books, magazines, merchandise, newsletters, presentations and websites. She believes identifying with fictional characters can help us in mental health recovery. Dc comics takes on mental health in heroes in crisis issue one. Nov 02, 2017 the first week of october is recognized as mental health awareness week, while in november we recognize international survivors of suicide loss day.
Characters dc stole from marvel and gave a new name looper. Obsidian is the son of the golden age green lantern alan scott, todd rice is a shadowcontrolling former villain, the twin brother of jade, and one of the few gay superheroes of the dc universe. Symptoms involve constant seeking for approval, inappropriate seductive dressing or behaviour, and being overly dramatic and emotional, traits ohara has. Aug 16, 2016 superhero therapy refers to incorporating characters from geek culture, including superheroes and other characters from comic books, as well as characters from fantasy, science fiction, and video games into evidencebased therapy such as cognitivebehavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She also has migraine headaches not uncommon in people with bipolar disorder with visual aura although. Two of the films characters suffer from at least one major mental health issue. Marvel comics is a prime example of bringing awareness and ending the stigma of mental illness through their superheroes. No speculative diagnoses here, the characters were all given bipolar disorder by their creators.
Mira, one of the main characters, has depression, and the book shows her. Oct 25, 2011 mental disorder is also depicted in characters who are not superheroes. Apr 10, 2017 welcome to sl made stolen comic characters in a bad way. Arguable a lot of superheroes and villains have some mental health issues. The first week of october is recognized as mental health awareness week, while in november we recognize international survivors of suicide loss day. Augmenting herself cybernetically, laura washington stole a regulator from. Since his debut in new avengers, comic book readers have watched as.
From spiderman to daredevil, here are the marvel heroes who inspire everyone to keep going. By showing us heroes with these problems, marvel did a great. He is a former soldier who became estranged from his wife and daughter due to suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. Mental health cartoons and comics funny pictures from.
Nine graphic novels and comic books about mental health. 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. Aura aura is the superhero alias of a young woman named alexis pope. Pages in category mental illness in fiction the following 4 pages are in this category, out of 4 total. Here are a few dc comics heroes and villains that seem a little familiarbecause they. The book consists of interviews with four survivors of nearfatal suicide attemptsdiscussing.
The character does not have to be officially diagnosed as mentally ill or go to therapy in the book to qualify. Deadshot floyd lawton is a fictional character appearing in american comic books published. This list is for the best characters, not the best books. Comic book superhero helps fight stigma surrounding mental. Mental illness to this day remains a mystery in many respects, so i decided that the conditions of these four main characters should ultimately be left up to the interpretation of the reader. Comics and graphic novels for world mental health day. Illustrator draws humorous comics about her mental illness. Best mentally ill characters this list is for the best characters, not the best books. 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. You must be out of your mind if you are able to kill somebody or if you think that you should rule the world. Potential buyers of these items can use the site to check to see if they have been repo. Superheroes and mental illness why our stories matter.
Superheroes who have depression or any other mental illness. Her early inability to control her powers resulted in some terrible events such as nearly killing her own sister. Comic book raises awareness of mental illness ht health. Jan 14, 2015 psychiatrists diagnose gothams villains with mental illnesses. My pen name is sarafin, and i write and draw a comic called asylum squad that i have been updating and posting on the internet since the beginning of 2009. Psychiatrists call out dc on depictions of mentally ill. He is working with the national alliance on mental illness of racine county on a mental illness comic book to raise awareness about mental illness. So there are six comic book characters who are way more messed up than you and i, and if they cant get mental health right with all their power and money, then what hope do we have. We all love cartoons, particularly for the goofy characters who behave in crazy, whacky ways. Mar 18, 2016 16 fictional characters who actually portray mental illness accurately. 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. Living with mental illness is a daily struggle for many people and comic book superheroes are a way of escaping our everyday lives. If you had a mental illness, what do you think it would be. Apr 12, 2011 april 12, 2011 actor nicolas cage said it was divine providence that his stolen vintage comic book was found 11 years later in a storage unit in southern california.
Oscars best picture winners best picture winners golden globes emmys san diego comiccon new york comiccon. Alexis has bipolar disorder and has survived a suicide attempt. Movies that feature characters dealing with mental illness talking to kids about depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues can be tough. Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage. Six comic book characters who suffer from a mental illness. The mental health comics and cartoons the cartoonist group. Oct 28, 2011 psychiatrists call out dc on depictions of mentally ill. Doom patrol and marvels xmen, both of which made their comic book debuts in 1963. Sep 19, 2017 while most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point in their career, the struggle for antman, aka giant man, aka yellowjacket, aka goliath, has been ongoing. Fact most superheroes are disturbed individuals who suffering from some type ptsd red sonja, narcissistic personality disorder thor, obsessive compulsive disorder.
Mental illness monsters explained through the eyes of an artist geektyrant ocd obsessive compulsive disorder mental illness monsters explained through the eyes of an artist geektyrant. 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. Most people have not been taught to name and understand their mental health experiences. Pages in category marvel comics characters who have mental powers the following 37 pages are in this category, out of 37 total. Kids and teens work out depression, anxiety, and more in these compelling stories. Mar 06, 2017 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.
Many heroes in recent comic book movie history have battled with mental health issues. Movies that feature characters dealing with mental illness. However, comic books often portray villains as not only evil and violent, but as having a mental illness, pozios noted. American comic book publishing company dc comics has introduced many characters. The word histrionic refers to theatrical or acting. Superman and dominus then engaged in a mentalphysical battle with. 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. If youre tired of faking it, want to get a little perspective, or just want to laugh really hard at how absurd everything is, take a glance at these graphic novels and comic books about mental health. To mark world mental health day, we revisit a number of comics and graphic novels that touch directly or tangentially on the subject of mental health. If you can, please add the name of the character youve voted for in the why you added this book section.
Popular mental illness books showing 150 of 17,526 the bell jar paperback by. Books that feature characters dealing with mental illness. Oct 10, 2014 to mark world mental health day, we revisit a number of comics and graphic novels that touch directly or tangentially on the subject of mental health. Batman comics primarily aim to entertain, and their interest in mental disorder is second to this. May 19, 2016 elsa one of the main characters in the hugely successful disney movie frozen was born with the magical ability to produce and manipulate ice and snow. Borderline personality disorder in the movies most movie portrayals of mental disorders are off, but thirteen nails it. Mental health funny cartoons from cartoonstock directory the worlds largest online collection of cartoons and comics. Many comic books that involve a psychological disorder are written by an artist who can relate to these issues on a personal level. Mental disorder is also depicted in characters who are not superheroes.
Much of davids comic history, as well as the excellent legion tv show. In dc comics latest comic book limited series, heroes in crisis, the trauma of fighting crime casts a long shadow. Humor is a powerful way to deal with the barbs of life. So i have compiled a list of five recent uk books which accurately portray characters coping with various mental illness and mental health issues and suicide loss. But we dont want to fill a video with them, so well stick to the most obvious example. Superheroes and villains who are mentally ill screenrant. He robbed people and stole from them in order to make ends meet.
It is hard to imagine this kind of story being made with any other comicbook character. In another culture or in another time, they might have been deemed shamans, or perhaps witches, to be burned at the stake. A small time criminal who tried to steal a pearl necklace from a. These movies feature characters living and often struggling with mental illness and can help kids understand more about this often sensitive subject. Illustrator draws humorous comics about her mental illness to. May, 2014 11 of the most realistic portrayals of mental illness in novels. 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.
The best writers on the book seem to be the ones who put poor matt. Captain marvel was much on my mind last year as i wrote my latest book. Most mental illnesses were previously met with a good amount of unfair stigma. How superheroes help us understand mental illnesses. Welcome to sl made stolen comic characters in a bad way. Scarlett ohara gone with the wind the archetypal character with histrionic personality disorder. Throughout the long history of dc comics, there have been many. Joker is not the first comicbook movie to sympathise with the bad. Apr 10, 2017 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.
A lot of people shit on her character because they dont like that she ended up with harry, but theres so much more to. Apr 23, 2014 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. John green goodreads author shelved 534 times as mentalillness. Thirteen portrays this kind of mental illness in such a way that it not only showcases the signs and symptoms of the individual suffering from the. Common sense media editors help you choose books that feature characters dealing with mental illness. Tony kinnard holds a page of a comic book on wednesday, nov. Lawtons uniform is stolen by an airport employee, who uses it to commit crimes and murders.
Unfortunately, the handling of his erratic behavior has been, well, erratic. Over time, health problems reduce her activities and cause her to eventually leave. The mental health comics and cartoons collected from thirtyfive of the best cartoonists. Psychiatrists diagnose gothams villains with mental illnesses. Superheroes and mental illness why our stories matter the. Tigger has attention deficit disorder and piglet has terrible anxiety, for example. April 12, 2011 actor nicolas cage said it was divine providence that his stolen vintage comic book was found 11 years later in a storage unit in southern california. You might have a protagonist with a backstory of mental illness or your protagonist might have a friend or relative suffering with a. Theft of marvel execs art reads like a comic book caper. While most of these characters have suffered from mental illness at some point in their career, the struggle for antman, aka giant man, aka yellowjacket, aka goliath, has been ongoing. What are the top 10 mentally ill dc and marvel comic. Identifying mental illness in comic books requires notice of a characters behavior as. Shift ahead to the 1960s, and youll find more than a few characters who comic book creators wish.751 1101 100 1244 1344 571 401 808 801 131 197 680 1604 991 848 1408 221 499 234 253 92 760 1497 1358 330 1242 720 36 248 111 1300 1393 1095 1146 1234