5 Reasons Why Disney Movies Help Fight My Depression

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I wrote a post a while ago about how horror movies help fight my depression. But now’s it’s time to talk about my first love.

I love Disney. Disney movies. Disney songs. Let’s be honest…Disney themed anything.

People claim that Disney movies are unrealistic. That there’s no happily ever after in real life.

Um, have you actually watched Disney movies? 

Kerchak dies in Tarzan. Mufasa dies in The Lion King. John Smith goes back to England in Pocahontas.

To those people, I say suck it.

Disney movies help fight my depression. Here are five reasons why:

Why Disney Movies Help Fight My Depression

1. THE IMAGERY 

Depression fills us with darkness. A thick shadow.

Disney fills the room with color and imagination.

As soon as the Disney intro comes on, I am taken away on a magical journey. So much detail went into these films to make them stand the test of time.

I can’t even begin to tell you which Disney movie has the most mesmerizing imagery.

Each movie has its own scenery. Its own story. Its own purpose.

The enchanting imagery will take you out of your head and lessen your depression symptoms for the entirety of the movie.

2. THE MUSIC

I sing Disney songs before I even have time to realize that they’re coming out of my mouth. They just make me so happy, and I’m obsessed with how they make me feel.

The way the music goes along with the movie scenes is always so hypnotizing, and I don’t even like musicals. I could listen to them over and over again.

I especially love listening to their instrumental versions, and you can find a bunch of them on YouTube.

Top underrated songs:

  • Everybody Wants to Be a Cat – The Aristocats
  • Why Should I Worry – Oliver and Company
  • The entire Tarzan soundtrack

Plus, Disney music has saved me so many freaking times when I was on the verge of a panic attack.

3. OUR CHILDHOOD

Looking back, my childhood had a lot of pain. But my childhood was also filled with a lot of happy memories.

These memories come alive when I watch Disney movies.

I grew up during the golden age of Disney animated classics, and I got to experience the new along with the old. 

I still get just as excited with watching a true classic as I am watching a new one that just comes out in theaters.

No matter what, Disney makes me feel like a kid all over again. Disney World is truly one of the happiest places on Earth.

4. THE HUMOR

I believe that laughing is the best feeling and emotion in the world.

The best part is humor takes the negativity out of our heads.

(I even gave a speech in college on the benefits of laughter hehe.)

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Disney movie that didn’t make me laugh.

Emperor’s New Groove is hands down one of the funniest movies I’ve seen. And I’m not just talking about the funniest Disney movie I’ve seen. No, it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in my life.

The humor in these movies isn’t just generated for kids either. The older I get, the more I pick up on jokes I didn’t understand when I was younger.

There’s humor for all generations.

5. SEE THE GOOD

We see a lot of pain in our world, like in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Just how we see a lot of evil like with Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians.

But we can also recognize that there is still good in the world.

Every Disney movie has its villain, just like every story has its hero. That’s true to life.

In life, depression is the villain. Disney movies are the heroes.

They’re so mesmerizing and enchanting, and watching them truly eases my depression symptoms.


What is your favorite Disney movie? Tell us in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Disney Movies Help Fight My Depression

  1. Favorite Disney Movie? Tough question. I liked Fantasia. If you were to include Pixar, which Disney purchased, my favorite would either have to be Toy Story or Finding Nemo.

    • Ooh, I love Pixar movies too! For me, it’s probably a tie between A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc.

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