Deadpool with Schizophrenia
By: Ashten Stone
SymptomsDeadpool has suffered from the following symptoms that point to schizophrenia, he has a difficult time telling the difference between what is real and what isn't.
He also talks as multiple people and hears voices that aren't there. At one point in the comics, he bites into what he imagines to be a burrito but in reality it is a tree.
Progression of the Disorder
More neurotransmitters are released between neurons in the brain of a Schizophrenic, this causes the symptoms. Excesses of Dopamine and Serotonin are contributing factors, as well as genetic make-up, early brain damage, and pre-natal viruses.
Enlargement of lateral ventricles in the brain of a Schizophrenic.
Temporal Lobe Structures
The temporal lobes in Schizophrenic patients are significantly smaller than an individual without the disorder.
I would use behavioral therapy because Schizophrenia is also involved with abnormal social behaviors and unusual speech. Behavioral therapy can be used with Deadpool because this therapy views problem behaviors as the problem and that the application of learning principles can eliminate them. Counterconditioning can be used with Deadpool because it deals with reversing a learned/conditioned behavior. For example, Deadpool has been conditioned to listen to the impulses of the voices he hears regardless of whether or not they are morally correct, counterconditioning can teach Deadpool to unlearn giving into the demands of his hallucinations. Exposure therapies can also be used because they treat patients by exposing them to things they fear and typically avoid due to the feeling of anxiety when encountered. Deadpool often avoids certain situations because he becomes overwhelmingly anxious at the possibility that these situations will not have the desired outcome. He often imagines a drastic and highly unlikely turn-out for situations, resulting in his avoidance of them.
I would also use Psychoanalysis therapy. This involves the attribution of thoughts and actions to one's unconscious motives and conflicts. Deadpool isn't always consciously aware of his impulses, therefore making it intensely difficult to manage them. This therapy seeks to expose and interpret unconscious tensions. Displacement often makes an appearance, it is when repressed impulses manifest themselves and show up in different ways. These repressed impulses are confronted and dealt with accordingly. Deadpool's repressed impulses manifest themselves as different characters in his head that tell him to do these things he has repressed otherwise. Imaginary Order is another occurrence and it is characterized by extreme narcissism and sense of inferiority. Deadpool often feels he is quite brilliant at whatever it is he does, even if it isn't necessarily a good thing. He also feels he is better than others at certain things. This is treated by identifying what it is he feels and then explaining what is wrong with his narcissistic way and attempting to fix it.