Understanding Autism Through the Pooh Pathology Test

“Winnie-the-Pooh,” a beloved children’s book, offers more than just life lessons on friendship, kindness, and gratitude. If you read into them, these stories might offer some insight into mental disorders. There’s a theory that each “Winnie-the-Pooh” character correlates to a specific mental disorder. This theory was put into a fun test format – the Pooh Pathology Test​2​.

The Pooh Pathology Test was created based on the work of Drs. Shea and Gordon. This 33-question test allows you to rate yourself on specific behaviors, making it easier to identify traits you may not have noticed otherwise. The results are presented in a simple graph that shows how you relate to each “Winnie-the-Pooh” character and the mental health disorders they represent​2​.

Please remember, while taking this test, that it is meant for entertainment and should not be construed as providing professional or certified advice. If you think you or a loved one may be dealing with a mental health condition, it’s best to consult a healthcare professional​2​.

The characters in “Winnie-the-Pooh” each represent different mental conditions:

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Inattentive Type, possible cognitive impairment, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)​2​.
  2. Piglet: Generalized Anxiety Disorder​2​.
  3. Eeyore: Depression​2​.
  4. Roo: The traits exhibited by Roo are associated with autism. However, it’s worth noting that the researchers did not specifically name autism as an issue for this character​2​.
  5. Tigger: ADHD, Hyperactive-Impulsive Type​2​.
  6. Rabbit: OCD, possibly combined with traits of Narcissistic Personality Disorder​2​.
  7. Christopher Robin: His behavior of spending all his time with imaginary friends could point to schizophrenia​2​.

The characters in “Winnie-the-Pooh” and the Pooh Pathology Test offer a unique and relatable way to understand different mental health conditions. If you’ve taken the test and found that you identify with Roo, we invite you to learn more about autism on our website.

At 101Autism, we aim to provide information, news, and resources about autism and other related conditions. If you’re looking for job opportunities in autism, check out our job listings. You can also contact us with any questions or need further assistance.

Remember, whether you identify with Winnie-the-Pooh.


My name is Adi, and I am the proud parent of Saar, a lively 17-year-old who happens to have autism. I have created a blog, 101Autism.com, with the aim to share our family's journey and offer guidance to those who may be going through similar experiences. Saar, much like any other teenager, has a passion for football, cycling, and music. He is also a budding pianist and enjoys painting. However, his world is somewhat distinct. Loud sounds can be overwhelming, sudden changes can be unsettling, and understanding emotions can be challenging. Nevertheless, Saar is constantly learning and growing, and his unwavering resilience is truly remarkable.

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