How Netflix's “Wednesday” Explores Adolescent Stress And Therapy

The Addams Family spinoff has joined a recent spate of works sensitively exploring teenage mental health

Wednesday Friday Addams is an iconic cartoon character from the bizarre and macabre Addams Family

American director Tim Burton’s recent cinematic venture uses this beloved character to comment on mental health issues teenagers and young adults face.  

Her name drawn from the nursery rhyme line, “Wednesday's child is full of woe”, Wednesday is known to display a self-assured and flamboyant gothic, narcissistic personality. 

She has a penchant for death, sadism, torture, and punishment. 

In the Netflix series, however, she appears ill at ease with her peers at Nevermore Academy, a spooky school for monstrous misfits in which she unwillingly enrolls.  

Her dangerous behavior prompts a court order to issue her mandatory therapy sessions with the therapist Dr. Valerie Kinbott. 

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Wednesday’s hesitancy to avail therapy references the stigma that haunts mental health care. 

But, as the therapy sessions progress, her character undergoes a change. She becomes more empathetic, less depressed, and more communicative and social.  

She even helps her classmates overcome adolescent mental health issues related to misadjustment, trauma, parental abuse, anxiety, grief, sexuality, self-image dissatisfaction, etc.  

Wednesday even attends an unlikely ‘family therapy’ session and addresses the resentment she feels towards her family. 

Therefore, much like “13 Reasons Why” and “The Midnight Club”, “Wednesday” reinforces the undaunted benefits of therapy, even as early as childhood or adolescence. 

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