5 Best Movies About Living With an Anxiety Disorder

Scene from the movie what about bob?
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Relatable films about anxiety.

Anxiety symptoms can be hard to cope with and make it almost impossible to get through your daily routine. Moments like these can make you feel alone and isolated, but as hard as it is to believe there are more people out there who know exactly what you're going through. Approximately 18 percent of the U.S. population suffers from anxiety.

We gathered a list of films that depict anxiety in the most honest way possible. Hopefully these films can make you feel not so alone and break stigmas about anxiety, as well as inspire you to seek the treatment you deserve.

Scroll through our list to see which best resinates with you!

1. Greenberg

Ben Stiller plays Roger Greenberg, a failed musician working as a carpenter in New York. Battling with everyday anxieties and returning to Los Angeles, where his once musical career lived, he offers to house sit for his brother. Greenberg's life changes after meeting his brother's assistant Florence, played by Greta Gerwig.

2. As Good as It Gets

Jack Nicholson plays Melvin Udall, a romantic fiction writer living with OCD and anxiety. His harsh attitude leaves him with no friends, but when his neighbor asks Udall to watch his dog, he begins to lighten up. He later finds friendship with a waitress at a local diner.

3. What About Bob?

Richard Dreyfuss plays Dr. Leo Marvin, a psychiatrist who has recently got a new patient Bob Wiley, played by Bill Murray. Wiley is a man who is living with OCD, anxiety, and dependent personality disorder. Wiley almost drives his psychiatrist to the edge when he joins him on his family vacation.

4. Analyze This

Robert De Niro plays Paul Vitti, a mobster who recently started going to therapy for anxiety. Psychiatrist Ben Sobel (played Billy Crystal) has the tough mobster Vitti open up about his past, finally revealing the cause for his anxiety.

5. High Anxiety

Mel Brooks stars in High Anxiety, where he plays a psychiatrist who is framed for murder. In order to clear his name, he must first come to terms with his "high anxiety."

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