Students & Teens

"So glad my dad got to see this movie now he knows I'm not making it up."

9 year old student - Chicago, IL

"I never knew that what I was experiencing was severe anxiety I'm so grateful to know that there is treatment."

18 year old college student - Seattle, WA

"It's powerful, spot-on, genuine, educational and hopeful. Well done!!"

Shelly at Temple Beth Ami, Maryland

Experts

"Angst is the most important, eye-opening documentary you will see this year. Through first-hand accounts and expert commentary, the film leads you with great care through the many facets of teen anxiety, a massive, misunderstood and rapidly growing cultural epidemic. The teenagers in the film describe their suffering with stunning openness, grace and courage. I found myself reacting on two fronts. As a clinician, I was relieved that the filmmakers were able to capture what so many of my young clients are suffering in these complicated days: the bullying, perfectionism, panic, obsession, and too often, hopelessness.
I was also surprised at the degree to which the film felt cathartic for me personally. I suffered significant anxiety as a teen, and felt myself moved by, and grateful for, every story. And thankfully, the film ends with the notes of hope we so desperately need. Whether you are a teenager, parent, educator or a mental health professional, you simply need to see this movie, and soon. And every school needs to screen this film. It’s that important.”

Dr. John Duffy, Clinical psychologist, best-selling author of “The Available Parent”, parenting and relationship media expert

"What an amazing project! To have been part of something that can reach so many has been a dream of mine for a long time. I see so many kids who are anxious and what I do as a Doctor reaches many youth but never enough.
Clearly the Indieflix forum of documentary// school forums can both inform communities on destigmatizing anxiety and promoting early identification and prompt and effective evidence- based interventions. Bravo Indieflix!”

Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH, FAAP

"Just watched the Angst Film and I am compelled to tell you that it is excellent on so many different levels! The bravery of the subjects in it moved me to tears. And . . . of course, I am reminded of my son, Nuçi. Every human being should see it."

Linda Phillips

Angst represents a significant step toward destigmatizing child mental health problems. About one out of four children experience clinical anxiety, and far more have episodes of extreme stress. Angst illustrates the pain and distress experienced by children and teens when they suffer from anxiety. Hopefully, when viewers understand that this disorder is as definitive and valid as any other illness, like diabetes or asthma, they will come away with more empathy and resolve to raise their own and others’ awareness about this issue. When adults—including parents, teachers and any other person relating to children—see youth in distress, they need to avoid dismissing their pain. They need to listen, validate and get the child professional help. 'Angst' is inspirational; the courageous effort made by teens in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breath-taking. It is just the kind of public health promotion we need for educating caring people so that we can reverse the harms of stigma and support children in distress."

Dr. Laura Kastner

"In our world there is a stigma attached to mental health disorders. People see anxiety as a personal failing rather than a medical condition; they see it as something to be ashamed of, rather than something to be treated. In reality, anxiety is universal. It doesn’t discriminate — and it’s very treatable. We just need to acknowledge it and talk openly first."

Dr. Jerry Bubrick Senior Director, Child Mind Institute

"Angst is a touching and honest look at how anxiety impacts teens and their families. The message of the film, spoken loudly and clearly by teens, parents, and experts, normalizes the struggle and offers hope with its focus on the value of connection, openness, and family support. Why is anxiety the most common of mental health issues among our youth? This film asks us to look directly at our stress-filled culture and what must do to better support our young people."

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Educators & Parents

"Our community in St. Louis needs to talk about anxiety in kids and teens, and the screening of Angst truly helped jump start the conversation. The screening, which was open to the community, brought people from all over to discuss this important topic. Thanks to the support of the team at Indieflix, we had a successful screening event followed by an panel discussion including experts from a variety of professional fields that all deal with anxiety. We hope to continue the dialogue and further the community partnerships that have begun."

Simone Picker, Program Coordinator, Jewish Community Center of St. Louis

"Scilla, I want to thank you for making Angst. This movie was shown at my daughter's school last week, and has been life altering. She has struggled with so many of the symptoms described in the movie, and until seeing the movie she didn't know what it was. I am a fairly well educated parent who is very close with my daughter, and I just couldn't put my finger on it either...until she saw your movie. It was like having blinders removed from our eyes- it was so obvious, and yet neither of us could pin it down. Now we know, and we can get her help, and start the healing and learning process. THANK YOU- this movie is so important. Keep up the important work."

A Mom on Facebook

"I also find that anxiety is a debilitating disease with our students and wanted to share your vision and hope with them. "

John H., Counselor, Gordon Bell High School

"I felt like my 6th graders were open to the process yesterday, have a greater understanding of their own stress and anxiety, and realize that we, as a school, are concerned about more than just their grades. Thank you for bringing this to our staff, students, and community. We need it!"

6th grade teacher, Fairview Middle School Bremerton, WA

"I wish this film had existed when I was growing up it would've saved me and my family a lot of heartache."

Father of 3 kids - NYC

"Middle school and high school anxiety in our community is very real, this was an excellent way to educate us about the brain, our feelings, and reactions to anxiety, what challenges it can cause in individuals and family life, as well as some helpful solutions!"

Kim Muench, Jai certified Parent Guide - Flower Mound, Texas

"We found a screening on March 18th in the Michigan area that my daughter and I attended. My daughter cried throughout Angst, as did I for the relief at having so many people who have experienced this disorder and who understand it. She is now 40 with 4 children of her own. We suspect her second child has anxieties. The movie was a huge plus to both of us. Thank you to all of you for making this for us and the generations that will follow."

L.K. from Michigan

Public Figures

"The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me. Many people don't understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help."

Michael Phelps

"I've struggled with depression for most of my life. It was only around the age of 50 that I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My close friends and colleagues were aware of my mood changes, and I discussed it openly with them. But more recently my wife and I decided that given the challenges we had faced, the information and support we were lucky to find, and the perspective we had gained from dealing with this disorder over time, perhaps we could share our story with more people so as to provide some hope and perspective.
Bipolar disorder is part of who I am as a person, an artist, a husband and a father. When I learned about Angst, a movie that focuses on young people sharing their own struggles with anxiety, I was so taken by their honesty and courage. This movie’s goal is to create conversation and shatter the stigma around mental illness. It’s a powerful film, and it’s going to do good in the world."

Dale Chihuly

"As a child I faced some very painful experiences growing up in a family suffering from mental illness and addiction. I had a number of close family members who were afflicted; we were all affected. There was little knowledge, understanding, or support for me as a child and for our family around mental illness. Admitting the problem, getting an accurate diagnosis and getting appropriate treatment whether with medications and/or therapies in the 60's and 70's seemed beyond reach. Years later, after doing a lot of work, getting consistent support for myself and understanding the impact of mental illness and addiction in my life, I was able to be a better partner to my husband, a better mom and a more compassionate friend. We were able to find tools for maintaining a more stable life with family, friends and fulfilling work. In breaking down the stigma and sharing our story, we feel more at peace, liberated from the shame and fear of being different and isolated. It is so important that we all begin to find the courage to articulate and share our stories. In sharing our pain and angst, we open ourselves to the love, support and acceptance of other caring individuals. No child or adult should suffer alone. We know that the movie Angst will encourage people to open up and take that next life giving step toward mental health."

Leslie Chihuly

Media

"Wow! Angst - Anxiety isn't cool but talking about it is was an amazing documentary. A must see for all parents."

Healthy Kids Today Magazine

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Is anxiety affecting you and the people living in your community? Are you a teacher who sees many students dealing with stress or anxiety? Or a parent with children experiencing anxiety? Help break the stigma around anxiety and get the discussion started today.

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Why isn't this online?

Angst is not available online at this time because we are currently screening the film at schools and community centers across the country. We believe it is important to follow up this film with an in-person discussion. At some point in the near future, we hope to make the film available online as well.

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