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I don’t know. I was reading up some SP headcanons and I somehow got to thinking about how a lot of the children exhibit signs of mental disorders and this happened.
This was like my first time drawing people in idk. I sketched and then sketched over the sketches and got bored and didn’t finish anything.
This one was pretty much a given. Frankly I’ve always thought Stan has been prone to depressive behaviors, but “You’re Getting Old” and “Assburgers” pretty much sealed the deal.
Stan is more susceptible than the rest of the boys to taking something personally and moping about it, and when they’re doing something together he’s usually the first to lose interest. “Raisins” and the “You’re Getting Old” arc pretty much described the rest of it in full. I was pretty surprised Matt and Trey didn’t slip a Zoloft poke in there.
I’m more inclined to classify Stan under “Minor Depressive Disorder” rather than something more severe, but YMMV.
Cyclothymia (sick-low-THIGH-mee-ah) is a disorder on the bi-polar spectrum; basically it’s a somewhat milder form of Bipolar Disorder. I didn’t think Kyle was bad enough to be flat out bipolar, but Goddamn this kid has some crazy mood swings, (as quickly as three or four times within five minutes in any given episode) and he clearly has some anger management issues. It’s also implied that Kyle can’t necessarily control these mood swings and things that shouldn’t make someone angry often do.
Conversely, Kyle will occasionally become bummed out by things that other people seem to brush off; Kyle is sometimes depressed by things that even Stan seems to find inconsequential. But unlike Stan, he never sits in these states of depression for very long, although it’s usually another bout of anger that pulls him out of it.
Please note that I do not mean dissociative personality disorder, which is classified as a separate disease.
I think Cartman just sums up this whole damn disorder from the book like he wrote it himself. Delusions about the world and one’s self, abstract thinking patterns, paranoia of persecution from others, social isolation, difficulty displaying emotions, purposeless agitation; it’s all Cartman. Don’t even get me started on “1%,” and Mitch Connors.
One might argue megalomania for Cartman, but given how he’s not ALWAYS intensely narcissistic I felt schizophrenia worked better.
(yes it is intentionally misspelled on the sign. I think it’s cute okay?)
A disorder in which the patient either believes that they are already dead or are in the process of dying, (to the point of believing they are missing body parts or that their organs have failed) or in some circumstances believes fully that they are immortal and they cannot die no matter what they do.
Putting aside the fact that South Park is a cartoon and Kenny actually DOES die…if you put into perspective just how often Kenny must imagine that he dies and comes back? To the point that he is willing to shoot himself in the head assuming that he will simply come back to life tomorrow?
Yeah, this disease may as well be renamed Kenny’s Syndrome.
Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
A form of autism that doesn’t quite meet the criterion for full-spectrum autism disorders, but in which many autistic-spectrum symptoms are present.
I notice this a lot with Butters’ character, usually when he’s playing by himself. He’s always singing the same repetitive song (loo loo loo, I got some apples, loo loo loo…) and when he plays by himself he always seems to be organizing or stacking something. He’s extremely socially awkward and except in rare cases, he has some trouble communicating with people, and he’s constantly avoiding eye contact. These are all more noticeable in the early seasons. But he’s obviously high-functioning and doesn’t quite meet the standard for autistic, and he seems to be living with it easier in more recent episodes.
Technically another form of autism, although again it is very high-functioning.
Why is Craig Asperger’s and not Stan?
Well, I sort of never understood why Stan was even diagnosed Stan with Aspergers. I didn’t see the connection at all to be honest.
I guess Matt and Trey just wanted to use the Ass Burgers gag and didn’t ACTUALLY mean to imply that Stan was suffering from Assburgers.
Craig is one of the most emotionless characters in the South Park universe. He has practically nonexistent social skills, always speaks in monotone, expresses limited empathy, and is almost never affected by even the most bizarre external stimuli in the South Park universe. Hell; he began shooting laser beams out of his eyes and his reaction was “Okay. There are laser beams shooting out of my eyes.” Like he was commenting that the sky was fucking blue.
Having known some people diagnosed with Aspergers, I think Craig is pretty much the poster child for it, but then again these are all just opinions.
My headcanon is that Tweek DOES in fact suffer from ADHD. In the show it’s implied that his parents think he has ADD but in reality he just drinks too much coffee, but I think the opposite is true. Tweek fully believes that he does not have ADHD, but he drinks excessive amounts of coffee (a stimulant) to self-medicate. People who suffer from ADHD utilize stimulants in the same way Tweek does to cope with it. It calms them down.
I believe Tweek also suffers from Panic Disorder, which is found with surprising frequency in the ADHD population in particular.
That’s it; just some of my headcanons on potential mental disorders in South Park.
Fun fact: two of these disorders are a type of psychosis (Cartman and Kenny) two are a type of Autism (Craig and Butters) two are mood disorders (Stan and Kyle) and ADHD (Tweek) is a behavioral disorder.
Funner fact: If you look reeeeeeally carefully at their signs you can see little tidbits on them for funzies.
Because Craig is no fun.
This is really interesting, especially as a person who has been diagnosed with depression, cyclothymia (different doctor on each) and ADHD (everyone agrees on that one).
I guess it makes a lot of sense that Stan is a million percent the fictional character I relate to the most.