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Anxiety Disorders

Distributed by Video Education America, 10 Mitchell Place, Suite 103, White Plains, NY 10601; 866-727-0840
Produced by Michael DeRobbio
Directed by Kurt Breitenmoser
DVD, color, 21 min.
Jr. High - General Adult
Health Sciences, Psychology, Social Work

Reviewed by Kay Hogan Smith, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

Date Entered: 7/13/2012

This Australian educational DVD provides an overview of the most common anxiety disorders, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic attacks for example, as well as treatment approaches for each of them. With a particular focus on adolescents and young adults, the film observes the rise in incidence of anxiety disorders that has occurred along with the rapid pace of life in the 21st century, which particularly affect young people. The chapters, including (1) What Is an Anxiety Disorder?, (2) Generalized Anxiety Disorders and Panic Disorders, (3) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Phobias, and (4) Young People and Anxiety, are succinct and can be presented separately. (If viewed in one sitting, however, the entire work is just over 20 minutes long.) Experts in the field provide information and perspective, as well as actual young sufferers of anxiety disorders. The actors in the film also seem like “real people,” that is, viewers can easily relate to them. In the end, the tone is comforting and hopeful. This would be a valuable resource for a counseling practice, support group, health education class or library mental health collection.