A Psychoanalysis of The Count, Skeeter, and 8 Other Kids' Characters

By Jennifer Lewis

Synesthesia, Stockholm Syndrome, and Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst Syndrome. These classic characters had them all.

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Have you ever wondered if the Sesame Street Count's extreme affinity for counting stems from a numeral-based neurological condition? Or if Belle from Beauty and the Beast really just had Stockholm Syndrome? Sometimes, kids' film and TV characters are just plain diagnosable. Not in a bad way—just in a way that, if these characters existed in real life, their quirkiest qualities might be explained by a few fascinating syndromes and conditions that most of us never knew existed.

We decided to channel our inner Lucy van Pelt, check out a few quirky characters' symptoms, and lightheartedly diagnose them with some of the world's most peculiar conditions. Read on for some foreign accents, sun-sneezes, and blue people; the doctor is in.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/12/a-psychoanalysis-of-the-count-skeeter-and-8-other-kids-characters/250450/