Analysis/ Diagnoses ( Wizard of Oz)
Provide an Analysis/ Diagnoses ( Wizard of Oz)
Diagnosis of Characters in Wizard of Oz
- The TinMan
The character can be diagnosed with two conditions; arthritis and heart failure. Arthritis is the tenderness and swelling of the joints that manifests with pain, joint stiffness and typically worsens as one ages. It also inhibits free movement. In most cases, it is treated by physiotherapists who use special oil to massage the joints. This character states that he has been unable to move and only did that after the joints were lubricated with oil. The second diagnosis of the character is heart failure. Also known as congestive heart failure, it occurs when the muscles of the heart cannot pump blood as it should to all parts of the body. It is characterized with reduced ability to move, chest pain, fatigue and weakness, and shortness of breath. Another symptom is rapid or irregular heartbeat. The character states that once he gets the heart he will be able to operate as human and care for other individuals.
- The Scarecrow
The right diagnosis of the character is ataxia syndrome. The condition is characterized by lack of muscle control or coordination of voluntary movements such as picking up objects or walking. The sign of the underlying condition affects several movements and creates difficulty in concentration and speech. Some of the symptoms of the condition include poor coordination, difficulty concentration, involuntary back and for movements, and a tendency to unstable or unsteady walking. Most of the above symptoms have been demonstrated in by the character. In most cases, ataxia is caused by brain problems, such as cerebral palsy and brain degeneration, and this is the reason that the patient states that he needs the brain in order to function and operate as any other human being.
- The Lion
The right diagnosis of the character is anxiety disorder. This is a mental disorder which is characterized by feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry that is more likely to interfere with one’s ability to perform daily activities. Some of the symptoms include sleep problems, fear, panic, and nervousness. This diagnosis fits the character since he says that despite being healthy, he lacks courage to face some of the animal and he is unable to function like other animals. According to the study conducted by Treas et al., (2018), anxiety has several forms that include panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, both of them have the ability to interfere with daily activities, something that has been clearly demonstrated in this character.
The Wicked Witch of the West
The right diagnosis of the character is intermittent explosive disorder (IED). IED is an impulsive condition that is characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger. According to Treas et al., (2018), the condition is mostly typified by impulsivity, hostility, and aggressive outbursts. Individuals with the condition explode into rage despite no apparent reason or provocation. In advanced stages, individuals with IED can attack objects, other people as well as animals. Some of the predisposing factors of the disease include anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. Based on the presentation of the character it is clearly evidenced that he is suffering from IED.
Treas, L. S., Wilkinson, J. M., Barnett, K. L., & Smith, M. H. (2018). Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring (2nd ed.).