The doctor wishes to see you now…
Well, well, hello there. It’s nice to meet you. Please, take a seat. No, not in the patient’s chair, you’re going to be my assistant today. I have no real formal training, but I am a Neuroscience and Psychology double major student in university, so I’ve taken my fair share of courses about how the brain works. Before we begin, I hope you understand that this all for good fun, so don’t take any of my diagnoses too seriously. I doubt you will though, seeing as all of today’s patients are anime characters. Be sure to write down everything I say in NEAT writing so that I can review it later. Now, go fetch me a cup of tea and we shall begin…
Diagnosis: Conduct Disorder
Slight spoilers about Nanami’s character, as she’s not quite what she seems like in episode 1…
Patient: Mihashi Ren
Series: Ookiku Furikabutte
Diagnosis: Social Anxiety Disorder
Mihashi is the pitcher for his school baseball team. Although it is great that he plays a team sport and is surrounded by supportive teammates, he is still a long way from overcoming his anxiety. Mihashi has a very low self-esteem and constantly judges his self-worth, a habit that he partly adopted because of his former teammates’ dissatisfaction with his performance as a pitcher. When being spoken to or merely looked at, he has trouble making eye contact, blushes, sweats, fidgets, trembles and and stutters significantly if he even talks at all. These are all tell-tale signs of someone with Social Anxiety Disorder – he is practically the poster boy for this disorder. This extreme lack of social skills occurs because he constantly over-monitors himself, trying to act in a way that will please everyone else. He may even be suffering from mini panic attacks here and there from being so worried about what his teammates think of him.
Suggested Treatment: Mihashi’s level of impairment is actually not very high in the grand scheme of things, so he may not qualify for treatment. He still manages to function in every day life and participate in a team sport, and his grades don’t appear to be suffering either. If he ever feels his lack of communication skills causes great discomfort, he can come in and speak to our resident cognitive-behavioural therapist to have him question his irrational beliefs about trying so hard to please and to slowly desensitize him to talking to people. Medication isn’t suggested, as the side effects may interfere with his baseball training.
Patient: Panty Anarchy
Series: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Diagnosis: Sex Addiction Disorder
Is sex obsession really a disorder? It’s a bit of a controversial issue if this has some sort of psychological and/or biological basis, or if it’s purely a moral failing on the individual’s part. It’s currently not an official diagnosis, but regardless of this, it’s quite clear that Panty has a problem. She has sex with guys literally every single day of her life, and spends most of her time working around this addiction. Almost everything she does is to obtain sex. While she doesn’t see the harm in it personally, it’s interfered in her job as an angel to the point where she will drop a mission and bed a guy if they look satisfying enough. (The following is a spoiler of the second last episode!) Show ▼
Suggested Treatment: Based on the severity of the addiction and the patient’s unwillingness to change, an intervention is suggested. Panty should go through abstinence, and be monitored daily to make sure her sex withdrawal symptoms are not too severe. Therapy will be available to help her through the issue.
Diagnosis: Schizoaffective Disorder
Spoilers if you haven’t seen up to episode 20 of Steins;Gate.
Diagnosis: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Slight spoilers if you haven’t read around chapter 140 of Bakuman
Thank You For Today’s Session!
Yes, indeed, thank you! I hope you don’t expect to be paid for this, my dear assistant. I’m not even a real doctor and I’m sure they’ll have to visit someone official to be properly diagnosed anyways! However, I truly am curious to hear what you thought of today’s clients. Do you think I gave fairly accurate diagnoses? Do you think therapy or medication would actually work on any of them? Scientific inquiries? Speak up about whatever you find pertinent~
Lastly, I actually made a master list of characters I wanted to diagnose, and these are only a few of them. Otherwise, the post would get WAY too long. So, I was thinking I might do a part 2 if people like it enough. Would you like that? If not, don’t worry, I have like 4 other editorial themes lined up. Also, feel free to recommend any anime characters you think are a bit nutty to my clinic and maybe I’ll diagnose them in a second session of “Playing Doctor”!
Bonus Doctors and Doctor-type Characters From Anime Artspam:Show ▼