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Can plants, insects, animals and fish suffer mental disorders?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (14710points) March 28th, 2019

Can you have a fish with a death wish? That keeps biting the same lure? Humor welcome. I met a HUGE spider that had a death wish. It chased me to the front door and kept it up even when I got to my size 15 shoes. Splat city.

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josie's avatar

Let’s ask them

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@josie The last plant I talked to was catatonic.

josie's avatar

They’re all that way

Patty_Melt's avatar

Frequently females suffer post partum depression. They won’t take care of their babies.

joeschmo's avatar

^ true dat.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Physical disorders are clear to see, but mental may be harder or maybe strange patterns of behavior could be mental or who knows the reasons even environmental cause plants and insects problems.
Until we all suddenly develop spidey senses we won’t know for sure.
Just recently on TV it showed an experiment where sound can affect waves in water so it must affect insects and plants as well, but we have not studied that as yet.

Zaku's avatar

Well, “mental disorders” are specific human (Western psychiatry) categories for humans, so in that sense no. Also no in the sense that those disorders are partly about humans fitting into human society.

But generally, yes, though most humans are pretty bad at understanding animals and so animal mental disorders not very well studied or defined.

But some are, sort of. Immediate examples come to mind in terms of our domesticated animals, and well-known situations such as abused animals’ reactions to stimuli associated with their abuse.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Numerous studies have been done. I recall reading more than forty years ago about baby monkeys being taken from their mommies. They were given food, and kept in a safe and comfortable environment. They were deprived af all contact.
They suffered depression and were prone to bursts of aggression.

When I was a child living on a farm we had a wonderful border collie. He had the most beautiful attitude. We got him as a pup. He was about five or six when we moved to a city home. Amid protests from me and my brother he was given away to a farm dweller, so he would not be deprived of room to run.
I learned years later that he was so depressed at losing us he refused all food and died, sad and emaciated.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Animals can, but not plants.

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Zaku's avatar

Look at all these crazy trees !

Dutchess_III's avatar

My cat is an asshole. She suffers from a deep mistrust and paranoia.

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joeschmo's avatar

Asshole cat is redundant.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOL! I had a cat who accidentally took a tumble in the dryer for a few spins. God I felt horrible. I opened the dryer door and she came stumbling out….then I had to ask, “How can you tell if a cat is brain damaged?”

joeschmo's avatar

When it jumps back in and presses start.

Dutchess_III's avatar

LOLL!!
I got kicked off of a FB page called, “Black Cats Rule” for refusing to treat my cat as though it was in mourning because we’ had to put our dog down a few weeks earlier…AND I MOVED HER FREAKING FOOD BOWL ON TOP OF IT!!! WHAT KIND OF A MONSTER WAS I!?!??!?!?.
Seriously. I got kicked off and blocked, LOL!

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