Anxiety and phobias

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Locate a movie, television series, or streaming series that portrays a character with an anxiety, stress, or phobia disorder (For example, characters from the movies: The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, What About Bob? with Bill Murray, The Truman Show with Jim Carrey, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? with Leonardo DiCaprio or Analyze That with Robert De Niro or TV shows: The Big Bang Theory with any character, Monk with Tony Shalhoub or streaming series: This Is Us with Sterling K. Brown, Scrubs with any character, or One Day at a Time (2017) with Justina Machado).

  In an paper of 1,000-1,500 words, address the following:  

  1. How is stress related to the disorder displayed by the character chosen (anxiety, stress, or phobia disorder)?
  2. What are some of the irrational or abnormal beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors the characters displayed, and how did they manifest? Provide specific examples.
  3. Using current DSM and ICD diagnostic codes, what is a possible diagnosis for this character?
  4. What psychological model best explains the cause of the symptoms/behaviors (i.e., biological, cognitive)?
  5. Based on this model, explain a possible treatment plan, including some ways the character can modify the stress and reduce anxiety (cope).

Use the  school Library databases and include two to four scholarly sources to support your claims. In addition to the scholarly resources from the library, students may include past classroom materials, textbook, and credible internet-based sources (.org, .edu, .mil, .gov). 

PSY-470 Topic 2 Movie/TV List for Anxiety and Phobias Paper

TV shows




Elementary—CBS /Sherlock (BBC)


Sex and the City—iTunes/Amazon

Big Bang Theory—CBS

Monk—USA Network



Analyze This

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

What About Bob?

The Aviator


The Net

Lars and the Real Girl

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

Silver Linings Playbook

The Truman Show


High Anxiety

Finding Nemo

As Good As It Gets


Sherlock Holmes

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For streaming series and other net accessed media check with your professor.

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