If You're Afraid of People, These Social Anxiety Docs Are a Must-Watch
They'll help you better cope with your diagnosis.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting at least 40 million adults every year.
Hearing that doesn't make it any easier for someone with social anxiety to not feel as though they're going through life alone. When being around other people causes you to become so anxious, it's tough to ever want to mingle with others, doesn't matter if they're old friends or new acquaintances.
We understand the struggle, but we also know that help is out there and there are plenty of ways to better cope with the mental illness. Some of which we've discovered by watching various documentaries about the disorder.
These documentaries show what living with anxiety looks like and offer support to those who need a boost. Scroll below to see them all now!
Afraid of People
This documentary showcases people from all walks of life who have social anxiety. It's an honest glimpse into their lives and shows how they've learned to cope with the illness over time.
Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula examines why Generation Y (born in the years 1980s and 1990s) are more prone to develop an anxiety disorder. In this BBC Woman's Hour special, she talks about her own experiences with panic attacks and anxiety.
She interviews writer Eleanor Morgan, author of Anxiety for Beginners: A Personal Investigation and journalist Bryony Gordon, who wrote the memoir Mad Girl, to better understand their experiences with mental health.
It's "Just" Anxiety
This honest film shows what living with anxiety really looks like. It features people who have dealt with anxiety and how they were able to get to recovery with various therapies. The documentary also gives hope to those living with anxiety who don't feel as though help is out there.
This hour-long documentary shows what anxiety is, what causes anxiety, and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' wanted to bring awareness about anxiety and how we can start a conversation. The film features interviews with kids and young adults who have suffered or suffer from anxiety and how they've coped with it.
There are also interviews with experts and useful tools to help people dealing with anxiety throughout.