pondering of the day: can robots have mental illnesses?
my personal opinion is yes. from webmd: “Some mental illnesses have been linked to abnormal functioning of nerve cell circuits or pathways that connect particular brain regions.” human brains run on circuits; so would a robot brain, correct? just different, more literal circuits. but theres no reason to think that every robot would be built “perfectly” all the time. abnormalities in the functioning of their brain, just like in humans, could easily lead to conditions that mirror human mental illnesses. especially considering the sheer complexity of a brain, it seems very plausible to me that robots could be manufactured with many unexpected traits, differing uniquely from robot to robot
in short, just like how all humans are unique
and then, of course, some mental illness can be brought about by environmental factors (traumatic events, etc.) that case gets an even more resounding “yes” from me: a sentient robot with human or above human intelligence would naturally react and change according to events happening around them. and assuming they are programmed with emotions, trauma would affect them just like it does anything else that is alive and able to think and feel