ByDana Lynne Abeln, writer at
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Dana Lynne Abeln

Frozen is a fantastic movie with an awesome message for young girls and boys but could it also be a lesson about mental illness? There are many people out there who are or have a loved one dealing with depression and other mental health problems.

Coming from someone who's dealt with it most of their life, Elsa has all the tell-tale signs. Some (not all) examples of this are shutting people (specifically, loved ones) out, irritability, anxiety, feeling down (obviously), poor decision making, and much more. Some may claim that it's because of her powers that she acts this way, but that doesn't mean depression can't develop because of those circumstances!

In many ways, Elsa's struggles coincide with that of people suffering from mental illness and these are but a few examples.

1. Conceal, don't feel

I mean, telling a child to "conceal, don't feel" can't help with their personal growth or self-esteem. Being told that you have to hide who you are because you're different? It's a recipe for damaging one's mental health.

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2. Lack of support

It also doesn't help that her ONLY support group (her parents) died. Without a proper support group, a person suffering from depression is much more likely to never succeed in overcoming it.

3. Lack of control, Hurting loved ones

Not only does Elsa show signs of depression, but she shows how much those who struggle with it go through a roller coaster of emotions. How at one moment they might be or seem happy, and the next moment relapse. People who suffer from depression often accidentally hurt the ones they love because of their lack of control. Constantly, throughout the movie, Elsa can't control her emotions, which leads to her not being able to control her powers. Often times, causing her to either almost or actually hurt people.

4. Running away instead of dealing with it

Elsa acts erratically, but she finally does something that is to make her situation better and maybe find some peace in her tumultuous life. Unfortunately, like most people, you can't run away from your problems and her problems came back to bite Elsa. It never works out. Ironically, sometimes you can't just let it go.

5. Changing personal image to reflect newfound independence and poor decision-making

Now, many might have taken her transformation as symbolic for her accepting herself. While that may be true, has she really come to completely accept herself or has she created a new identity because she can't deal with who she really is/was? By this point in the movie, she still can't control herself and if anything is almost worse off. Not to mention her decision-making skills are sorely lacking. Who sends an abdominal snowman after their sister and almost get's them killed? It was never her intention, but she's obviously isn't thinking through with her actions.

Those are just some of the parallels, but what's amazing about this movie for those who are dealing with depression? It shows that there's hope. Whether it's from therapy and/or someone close to you giving support...There's a chance that one could overcome depression, like Elsa. Someone out there loves you, and would fight for you whether you know it or not.

And for those of you who are like Anna and have a loved one who's suffering, stay strong. They need you more than either of you may know.


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