home
RSS
June 7th, 2010
12:56 PM ET

What is Darth Vader's diagnosis?

By Elizabeth Landau
CNN.com Health Writer/Producer

The manipulations of  Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader in the "Star Wars"  saga, have long been ascribed to the Dark Side of the Force. Now, psychiatrists suggests that the actions of the Jedi Knight could be used in teaching about a real-life mental illness.

A letter to the editor in the journal Psychiatry Research explores just what is wrong with Vader. French researchers posit that Vader exhibits six out of the nine criteria for borderline personality disorder. Unstable moods, interpersonal relationships, and behaviors are all characteristics of this condition, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. It affects 2 percent of adults, mostly young women.

The young Anakin Skywalker was separated from his mother at an early age, and his father was absent, factors that could have contributed to borderline personality disorder. His "infantile illusions of omnipotence" and "dysfunctional experiences of self and others" are also indicative of this condition from an early age.

The researchers argue that Vader experienced two "dissociative episodes," one when he exterminated the Tusken people after his mother's death, and the other when he killed all of the Jedi younglings. He often showed impulsive behavior and had difficulty controlling his anger. He also may have showcased a disturbance in identity by turning to the dark side and changing his name.

Darth Vader may thus be used to educate the public about borderline personality disorder and help combat stigma associated with mental illness.

But Emory psychiatrist Dr. Charles Raison, CNNhealth.com's mental health expert, has a different take. In the original three movies - which are the last three chronologically - Vader appears to be under the control of an evil emperor, making his character difficult to ascribe to a psychiatric disorder.

UPDATE: Dr. Raison would like to clarify that his comment was specific to Darth Vader and not to Anakin Skywalker. "Anakin is a much better exemplar of personality disturbance," he says. "On the other hand Darth Vader laid down his life to save his son and kill the evil emperor when all was said and done. Perhaps there is a lesson here, too, on type casting people who struggle with personality disturbances?"


Editor's Note:
Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.


soundoff (591 Responses)
  1. LrbsEncox

    cheap levitra 20mg https://uslevitraanna.com/ prescription levitra

    April 26, 2021 at 00:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. inmate lookup

    harbor freight coupon

    http://www.insideprison.com/

    April 26, 2021 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RfvbZisse

    generic cialis http://cileve.com/ cialis on lone

    April 26, 2021 at 03:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RfvbZisse

    .99 for cialisis https://cileve.com/ – generic cialis online overnight cialis brand no prescription 365

    April 27, 2021 at 03:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. FbsfEncox

    weight loss https://uspharmus.com/ – top rated canadian pharmacies online canada pharma limited

    April 27, 2021 at 20:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. FbsfEncox

    legit online pharmacy https://uspharmus.com/ the canadian pharmacy

    April 28, 2021 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. https://www.songmanhits.com

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://images.google.be/url?q=https://www.songmanhits.com

    April 29, 2021 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. 건식마사지

    Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite
    justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of.
    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while people consider worries that they just don't
    know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people can take a signal.

    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

    April 29, 2021 at 17:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. LhdvZisse

    order cialis online http://asciled.com/ cialis professionals

    April 30, 2021 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. BbdfMile

    best viagra http://gensitecil.com/ viagra prescription online

    April 30, 2021 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. JbsdEncox

    Lamictal best canadian mail order pharmacies viagra super active

    April 30, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. LhdvZisse

    free shipping cialis usa http://asciled.com/ cialis 20mg price

    May 1, 2021 at 03:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. LrbsEncox

    levitra vs staxyn levitra reviews vs viagra dosage for levitra

    May 2, 2021 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. JbsdEncox

    canadian pharmacy king shoppers pharmacy Microzide

    May 3, 2021 at 03:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. JebgEncox

    health canada drug database https://pharmacylo.com/ india pharmacy mail order

    May 4, 2021 at 02:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. AnooEncox

    taking propecia with viagra http://llviagra.com/ viagra cannes lions

    May 4, 2021 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. LbsoZisse

    buy generic cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis with dapoxetine

    May 4, 2021 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. BbshMile

    viagra off patent http://loxviagra.com/ viagra premature ejaculation

    May 4, 2021 at 23:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. GtnbCrulk

    viagra boys band http://jokviagra.com/ – herbal viagra pills super viagra

    May 5, 2021 at 06:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. LbsoZisse

    order original cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis 20mg online

    May 5, 2021 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. GtnbCrulk

    viagra doesnt work http://jokviagra.com/ does viagra make you last longer in bed

    May 5, 2021 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. LebnEncox

    Zyrtec https://xlnpharmacy.com/ canadian prescription drugs

    May 6, 2021 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. JebgEncox

    online pharmacy ed Valtrex list of approved canadian pharmacies

    May 6, 2021 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. AnooEncox

    viagra en tunisie prix https://llviagra.com/ taking two viagra at once

    May 6, 2021 at 23:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. LebnEncox

    canadian pharmacies https://xlnpharmacy.com/ reputable indian pharmacies

    May 7, 2021 at 04:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RebfZisse

    dapoxetine and cialis online https://rcialisgl.com/ – free cialis in canada how much does cialis cost

    May 7, 2021 at 08:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RebfZisse

    200 mg cialis https://rcialisgl.com/ cialis generic uk

    May 8, 2021 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. эта рубрика была найдена тут

    Предписание на данный вопрос наверное разительно обычным: естественно
    же, на том вебсайте, который рекомендует это обязательно осуществить.
    Как правило все всерьез легко с этой стороны так же ощутимо проблематичнее, чем кажется,
    с другой.
    Больше в итоге требуется фильтровать веб-сайты начиная с замечательной подборкой
    секс видео – это обязательно дает опцию завсегда отбирать те
    видео, точто вводит в возбуждение да
    какое необходимо смотреть.
    Так например что в случае, если на
    сайте просто-напросто множество десятков видео роликов, то больше всего-навсего на долгий
    срок его ни в коем случае не хватит.

    Особенно безумно нужно наблюдать данные апдейтов – все они могут являться
    довольно-таки плотными, в совершенстве – ежедневными.
    Подобное дает гарантию юзеру
    лестный времяпрепровождение и конечно рассказывает о таком,
    что руководство вебсайта истинно о нем хлопочет, совсем как
    беспокоится да и о собственных пользователях.

    Особенно, предпочитая, где глядеть порно онлайн, необходимо
    глядеть так же дополнительно на жанровое многообразие.

    Подобное все-таки абсолютно не личная выборка, так что
    случилось там подобает быть познакомлено все, что только возможно себе лично представить – однако, само собой разумеется
    же, то, что доставить нереально.

    эта рубрика была найдена тут

    May 8, 2021 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. FmrfEncox

    cialis mit paypal bezahlen http://cialisee.com/ cheap cialis 20mg

    May 8, 2021 at 23:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. BbshMile

    viagra at walgreens http://loxviagra.com/ viagra after age 70

    May 9, 2021 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. FmrfEncox

    online pharmacies for cialis http://cialisee.com/ cialis sell

    May 9, 2021 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. JebgEncox

    Diflucan https://pharmacylo.com/ canadian pharma companies

    May 10, 2021 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. AnooEncox

    what happens if you take a viagra and a cialis http://llviagra.com/ donald trump on viagra

    May 11, 2021 at 16:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. LbsoZisse

    cialis black 800mg reviews https://ucialisdas.com/ cialis online purchase

    May 11, 2021 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. LbsoZisse

    cialis cheap http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis without prescriptions uk

    May 12, 2021 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. BbshMile

    low price viagra https://loxviagra.com/ – viagra over the counter usa 2018 generic viagra from canada

    May 12, 2021 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. GtnbCrulk

    best way t o take viagra http://jokviagra.com/ how much viagra should i take

    May 12, 2021 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. GtnbCrulk

    plant viagra http://jokviagra.com/ – viagra for men for sale viagra by mail

    May 13, 2021 at 00:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. storno brzinol

    Some times its a pain in the ass to read what blog owners wrote but this website is very user pleasant! .

    http://www.stornobrzinol.com/

    May 13, 2021 at 16:54 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.