Posted by Ted (18.104.22.168) on April 13, 2001 at 00:17:57:
In Reply to: some things are BEARable posted by Dennis O'C on April 12, 2001 at 23:18:34:
when I posted this article earlier in the week. But it sure could use a reposting now that the connection's been made:
Winnie the Pooh Characters 'Seriously Troubled'
TORONTO (Dec. 13) - Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Christopher Robin are ''seriously troubled individuals'' living in the ''disenchanted'' Hundred Acre Wood and are in dire need of psychoactive drugs, Canadian researchers said.
The characters in A.A. Milne's famous children's stories suffer from unrecognized and untreated problems including attention deficit disorder and chronic depression, said a tongue-in-cheek study by pediatricians at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Lead researcher Sarah Shea told Reuters that her team of modern neuro-developmentalists wanted to remind the world that wonderful people can have disorders.
''The world is full of wonderful people who have quirks and we love them. How dare anyone say there is anything wrong with someone diagnosed with attention deficit. I would also remind people that we are kidding around,'' said Shea.
Winnie himself could benefit from a low-dose stimulant to help him overcome attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as obsessive-compulsive tendencies that include repetitive counting and an insatiable lust for honey.
''Pooh needs intervention. We feel drugs are in order. We cannot help but wonder how much richer Pooh's life might be were he to have a trial of low-dose stimulant medication,'' the article states.
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