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Comic Book Characters Get Psychiatric Diagnosis

A group of doctors are studying the psyche of comic book characters and most, including <B>Batman,</B> are dealing with major mental issues.

A group of doctors are studying the psyche of comic book characters and most, including Batman, are dealing with major mental issues.

Monday, July 19, 2010 0:46 GMT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Batman could sure use some time on a psychiatrist’s couch.

The doctors of Broadcast Thought are a group of practicing psychiatrists who’ve studied the psychological issues facing popular characters from comic books and will be sharing their informed diagnoses this week (Jul. 22-25) at San Diego’s Comic Con.

Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Vasilis K. Pozios says characters like Batman, The Red Hood, Mr. Freeze, and The Penguin have a much greater depth than people realize and are suffering from mental issues stemming from major trauma.

For example, Dr. Pozios believes The Dark Knight shows symptoms of severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from witnessing the murder of his parents as a boy.

However, Batman didn’t turn into an evil villain like others who dealt with traumas, such The Penguin and Mr. Freeze, because he had a parental figure in his butler Alfred.

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