Psych Ward: Midnight Angels

The following is a summary the two subjects, Ayo and Aneka, and their initial psychological battery for inclusion in the Dora Milaje, yearly check-ups, evaluation to stand trial, and other assorted encounters between them and our offices.

This information is being provided under protest. Despite the court order, this office believes that this data should be protected and that their initial releases no longer stand up under scrutiny given changes in their status with the government. However, given the Wakandan court ruling, we recognize we have no legal right to withhold.

The subjects, Ayo and Aneka, were ideal Dora Milaje candidates. They presented as physically healthy and in above average shape. Additionally, on intelligence testing, they demonstrated excellent recall, a strong knowledge background, and a propensity for problem solving even under pressure and time constraints.

In training, they largely adapted to situations with little to no difficulty. Neither ever was reported for errors in judgment, for exhibiting signs of distress, or for insubordination.

In reviews, both seemed dedicated to Wakanda and the ideals of their country as they saw them. They felt, as most do, that serving King T’Challa and the royal family as Dora Milaje was a tremendous honor.

Throughout their service, both did demonstrate a strong desire to help those disempowered and to represent equality for all people in the nation. They saw this as part of their job and as in keeping with traditions and beliefs of Wakanda.

In summary, prior to the occurrence of Aneka’s “crime,” both individuals were very committed to their roles and very psychologically healthy.

After the trial and death sentence, however, both experienced a tremendous sense of disillusionment. Both felt betrayed by the institution they belonged to and the country they fought for. They saw themselves as being “right” regarding what were the values of the country and that it was the leadership that had become wrong.

They are not, however, mentally ill. Their reaction, while arguably extreme, has not abandoned logic and does not seem to suggest the subjects can no longer understand the difference between right and wrong. They have become radicalized, it is true, but these reactions are not a sign of a disconnect from reality. The only arguable diagnosis this writer can put forward is Acute Stress Disorder in reaction to the trauma of their way of life, their belief in a system, being dashed.

This writer would refer the crown to Doctors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Alitha Martinez for further information as they have had far more session time with Ayo and Aneka and our experts on the history, values, and day to day life of the Dora Milaje. Their latest volume on the subject, BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #4, will be available for scholarly review on February 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who has quelled a rebellion or two in his time. But that’s classified.