Documentary on anxiety hopes to inspire people to talk about it
The most decorated Olympian of all time is one of many people who experiences anxiety.
"I still have times where I go through rough spells and I can go back and say well, I have the tool I need to get through this," Michael Phelps said in the film.
Phelps opened up on his battle of low self-worth when he was younger in documentary "Angst". The film also features interviews with kids and adults describing their reality of anxiety.
"It had to modeled how to ask for help, that lets kids, parents, educators, let them know that you're not alone," Scilla Andreen, Angst executive producer, said.
The film is free to watch but the producers say there's a reason why it's not available online.
"We learn something from each of these movies and we provide tools and discussion guides and things to keep the conversation going after the movie," Andreen said.
The hope is viewers will be able to identify and understand symptoms of the condition so they'll be encouraged to ask for help. Some therapists say asking for help is good start.
"There's a stigma that's attached to therapy often. Like a negative thought that only crazy people seek help. That's not the case," Jamie Fujimoto, a therapist, said.
Fujimoto says learning coping skills is the best way to ease anxiety.
"You can meditate, learn tools to calm your body like deep breathing and then your thoughts," she said.
Learning tools that let you control your mind ... and not letting your mind control you.
If you'd like to see the film, it's playing at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Middle School at the Kalama Dining Hall on Thursday, November 14. Doors open at 6 p.m., the film starts at 6:20 p.m. For more information about the film, click here.