What is the difference between “being anxious” and having an anxiety disorder? What can we do about the 634% rise in use of Mental Health America’s online tool for anxiety since the start of the pandemic? Why is there still so much fear and stigma in just talking to others instead of hiding online? What can each of us do to make it better and best engage in a full and happy life?

“Angst” is on a mission: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. This 43-minute documentary delves into all aspects of our society’s most common mental health challenge with:

  • Candid interviews with kids and teens, who discuss their anxiety, its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope
  • Expert perspectives, (from institutions such as Stanford University, Child Mind Institute), who talk about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects and resources to help
  • Tips, tricks and strategies to help reset thinking patterns, push back against anxiety and support others
  • Awareness that anyone can be touched by – and overcome – anxiety, via a unique and revealing interview with mental health advocate Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history

Meet Our Panelists

Karin Gornick: Karin is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has been creating positive social impact projects and films for broadcast, nonprofit organizations, and corporations over the past 25 years, including projects for CNN, the Discovery Networks, PBS, The Kaufman Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Common Sense Media. Several of her projects include a video series for PBS on Youth Entrepreneurship, “Screenagers,” a film about growing up in the digital age, and now “Angst,” helping to raise awareness about anxiety and lower the stigma of talking about our mental health. “Angst” is the project Karin has been particularly passionate about, as it was inspired in part by her own journey searching for help with her teenage son’s anxiety disorder, and learning how much hope and help there is for treating mental health challenges.

Jerry Bubrick, PhD: Dr. Bubrick is a senior clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Service at the Child Mind Institute. He is a cognitive and behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Widely recognized for developing one of the world’s most intensive pediatric programs for OCD, he is a pioneer in using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat children and teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders. Dr. Bubrick has provided direct patient care, supervised psychiatric residents and trained child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists in the CBT treatment for anxiety disorders. He has led workshops on OCD and anxiety disorders, and in his role as a public lecturer he has presented at primary and secondary schools, academic medical centers, community health organizations and professional conferences. He also co-authored “Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding,” the first book ever written on the topic. A dedicated advocate for children and their families, Dr. Bubrick is a significant public voice educating parents and teachers about the fear at the roots of anxiety — and how it’s effectively treated.