It’s time for another session
It’s good to see that you’ve come back after last month’s lengthy session of diagnosing. I was beginning to get lonely. Make yourself comfortable, and this time I’ll be the one making the tea. So, do you remember what we do here in my clinic? We diagnose anime characters with whatever mental disorder seems to fit them best and decide on what treatment they need – if they need any. The most important thing to remember is not to report me to the officials so it doesn’t get shut down though, alright? Well, now that we’re settled, let’s bring in the first patient and begin our analysis.
Patient: Death the Kid
Series: Soul Eater
Diagnosis: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
I’m sure most of you Soul Eater fans saw that diagnosis coming as soon as you saw his name. Okay, so he’s a bit of an easy one since he was essentially created as the physical embodiment of OCD. Everyone has their own hang-ups about germs, order, or specific numbers…but OCD takes that to the level where it greatly interferes with the individual’s life. If they don’t obey their compulsions, they face significant distress…so they almost have no choice but to follow through. Kid’s hang-up is symmetry. The fact that his hair and his weapons aren’t symmetrical is often enough to bring him to tears. He choreographs complicated, symmetrical poses with his weapons. He spends an entire exam period just writing his name, erasing it over and over and sobbing violently when he deems that it isn’t perfect enough. Any lack of symmetry sends him into a fit of rage that can be incredibly detrimental. This amount of anxiety and stress is very taxing on the body, as well as a big waste of time. He has no control of his compulsions, and often doesn’t even attempt to suppress the invasive thoughts.
Suggested Treatment: Death the Kid’s OCD penetrates into almost every area of his life. It has caused him to fail exams, it gets him into fights with people at the academy, and it more often than not distracts him in a fight. All in all, he’d be a better Shinigami if he didn’t have this one weakness. Even if you ignore the social problems of this disorder – if he really wants to be a powerful Death God, he’s going to need to get over this. Desensitization therapy will be the key. We’ll show him slightly unsymmetrical objects, and NOT let him fix them. We’ll see how far he can go before he shoots everything into a perfect pyramid of rubble.
Diagnosis: Major Depression (possibly co-morbid with Avoidant Personality Disorder)
It’s undeniable that something is a little off in this one, but it’s a little complicated to diagnose someone who lives inside a video game. Right from episode one, we discover that Tsukasa is unable to log out from the MMORPG called “The World” and is instead stuck in this virtual reality world with the ability to feel pain. If he dies in the game, it’s game over in real life. I’ll get to why this poses a problem for the diagnosis of major depression in a minute. Other than this, Tsukasa has most of the characteristic symptoms of depression. He has a lack of interest or pleasure in anything he does, is sad most of the time, worries excessively, feels guilty for things he didn’t do and tends to move and react sluggishly, as if in a stupor. Now, here’s where the problem lies: his eating and sleeping habits. I can’t tell if he never sleeps because he physically CAN’T in the game world, or because he has insomnia. The same goes with eating.This means I basically have to guess one way or another. Because of this, I’m going to say he has a mild form of it. I wouldn’t go for a diagnosis of dysthymia (requires less symptoms to be diagnosed with, but spans over a longer time) because I really have no clue what he’s been like for 2 years.
Suggested Treatment: For the most part, Tsukasa overcame his depression and fear of getting close to others once he was able to wake up to the real world. I would recommend that he is monitored by his friends and family to make sure he doesn’t slip into depression again. (The following are major spoilers for the last episodes of .hack//SIGN) Show ▼
Patient: Toshio Ozaki
Toshio was recommended to the clinic by BlackBriar and Metanorn’s own Anaaga during the last session, so I was sure to drag him in. While it may seem odd to want to discuss someone who I have diagnosed as a (big emphasis on the quote unquote) “normal” human being, he makes for an interesting case! Instead of arguing that a certain character has a disorder – for Toshio – I’m going to argue why he doesn’t have one. Firstly, let’s list all of the things that could be taken as potential symptoms or indicators of mental unrest. (Spoilers for Shiki episode 14 and onwards) Show ▼
These behaviours are all in response to Shiki, who are supernatural beings. He does what he needs to do in order to survive, and his wife’s death takes a toll on him. The situation is so dire that he has no choice but to cut off his emotions and press forward. It’s like the “fight or flight” response. These are just normal people acting odd due to odd circumstances. The only way Toshio Ozaki can be diagnosed with a disorder is if he continues to display similar behaviours when the Shiki are gone. If he still shows no empathy, then there is a problem. However, everything Toshio Ozaki did was for a noble cause and was explicitly planned in a very practical manner. I do believe he still had his feelings in tact, he just suppressed them for the time being.
Suggested Treatment: After dealing with the Shiki, Toshio Ozaki should simply be cognizant of PTSD symptoms. As a doctor, he should be able to recognize some of the signs: nightmares, intrusive flashbacks, and increased anxiety. Otherwise, he’s a perfectly functioning doctor and needs no special treatment or monitoring. Whether or not the police want to deal with him and send him to jail for what he’s done is another matter entirely…
Patient: Hibari Kyoya
Diagnosis: Schizoid Personality Disorder
Schizoid Personality Disorder is an interesting illness that lies along the schizophrenia spectrum. That means he’s actually somewhere along the same scale as Moeka was if you read the last post. The symptoms are all related to anti-social behaviour, such as a disinterest in socialization, preference for solitary activities, and a cold affect. It’s a known fact that Hibari absolutely hates people, and spends most of time trying to get as far away from them as he can. As soon as anyone interrupts his alone time, they will be “bitten to death.” Not only does he get violent if confronted, he will physically break out in hives if he’s stuck with people for too long. It’s quite a serious case, I must say.
Suggested Treatment: I must like talking about controversial cases…Yet again, there is a bit of a problem with the treatment of schizoid personality disorder, as clinicians are unsure whether or not this needs treating. The patient often doesn’t feel the need to change. In fact, they’re perfectly fine with this lifestyle. It’s a bit controversial whether this is just society imposing its own view on how normalcy should be, or if it really is something that needs correcting. Hibari being a lone wolf is fine, seeing as he does have friends to protect him. However, he really needs something to control that violent, vicious streak. That’s just not right. Cognitive-behavioural therapy should help, as medication would just interfere with his fighting.
Whew, that was a bit emotionally draining. Thanks for sticking through my rantings until the end. One of the convenient things about diagnosing anime characters compared to real people is that we get to see them in their natural setting. Not only do we see how they act around people, but we see how they behave when they’re alone. Often, we’re even given access directly to their innermost thoughts – something real life psychiatrists don’t have the benefit of seeing. That’s part of what makes doing this so interesting, because you an see how far their individual mental disorder or symptoms permeates into different areas of their life. Is it more obvious? Do they keep it hidden in certain situations? Having an omniscent view of their lives makes things much more intriguing. Although, as you may have seen, not all diagnoses are clear-cut.
If I ever come across enough “crazy” characters that I want to diagnose, I’ll most likely open the doors to my clinic once again. For now, I feel like I should move on to other editorial topics just to keep this one fresh. As always, feel free to pitch in any thoughts on the diagnoses, characters or individual disorders. Recommendations are fine too! I’m happy to answer everything, and hopefully I paid attention in lectures enough to answer anything on the more scientific side if that’s asked as well. For now, I’ll be temporarily closing up shop. When, I wonder, shall I call my dearest assistant again to come and play with me~?
Bonus Doctors:Show ▼
Props if you can guess who they all are! If there’s a next time, I’ll be sure to make it sexy nurses for the guys out there.