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Movie: It’s Just Anxiety
March 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice
All BCP&J programs will be held at the Unitarian/Universalist Church,
175 Wendell Ave. in Pittsfield, MA.
These events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
NOTE: Our regular 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. vigil will take place at Park Square as usual every Thursday. It is now in its 16th year without a Thursday when there was no one present. Please join us if you can.
March 15, 2018 It’s Just Anxiety
‘It’s Just Anxiety’ shows patients facing down their fears — and winning
Susan Polis Schutz goes for the root of all anxiety in her 56 min. documentary “It’s Just Anxiety,” in which the filmmaker follows people so terribly afflicted by panic episodes and obsessive compulsions as to make their lives unlivable. The statistics of mental illness cited are indeed sobering, but not nearly as much as beholding one interview subject who will not touch anything, even in her own home, without gloves, and any contact with human, animal or stationary object sends her to the restroom for a lengthy cleansing ritual.
Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety and irrational fears — Ms. Schutz among them — and one of the most fascinating parts of the film has subjects telling the camera they are aware of how irrational the fears of others are, and thus, with some helping, hopefully too can be their own healers.
A fascinating film, all the more so for showing the subjects later, after continued therapy, making progress.
The demons can be faced, and beaten.