This article is about how Frozen relates to mental health, so if you haven’t seen the movie, stop reading this and go see it …because it’s amazing!
I loved seeing the movie Frozen, and I am obsessed with the song from the soundtrack, “Let It Go”. I don’t think I ever realized why until my boyfriend said, “Do you love this part because it relates to you?” Obviously, I started thinking and found so many correlations about how Frozen relates to depression and anxiety.
The main character, Elsa, has a tragic event of hurting her younger sister, Anna, when she is very young. After they visit the trolls, Elsa is forced to keep this big secret from his sister and the rest of the world. This sends her into a state of depression because she doesn’t want to keep a secret from anyone, but she feels like she has to. Elsa also doesn’t know how to control her powers which gives her anxiety.
Elsa NEVER leaves her room:
With depression, it’s hard to get out of bed and socialize, and one never really wants to face the day, and Elsa shows the same signs! She also feels hopeless no one will like her because of her powers.
Elsa PUSHES people away:
Elsa shows signs of anxiety by shutting people out. She is afraid to get close to Anna because she has already hurt her once and doesn’t want to do it again. Elsa doesn’t have enough confidence in herself to know that she won’t hurt others, so she continuously pushes people away.
Elsa WON’T go back to Arendelle:
Elsa is so upset that she set off an eternal winter and has no confidence that she can fix anything, that she refuses to go back to Arendelle. She doesn’t want to go back because she is anxious to see everyone again. Elsa also loves to be alone, which isn’t necessarily a sign of depression or anxiety, however, she wants to be alone because she is depressed and doesn’t think others will like her because of what she has done to Arendelle.
I will leave you with this: In the song, “Let it Go”, Elsa has this lyric where she lets people know how she has been disciplined to think her whole life, “Don’t let them in, don’t let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be. Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.”
What other signs of mental illnesses do you see in Frozen?
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By: Morgan McAfee