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"You will not need to go further than this documentary to understand the wave of anxiety

that has hit our nation."

-Lloyd I. Sederer M.D., Psychology Today

"This is a must for parents, teens, teachers, therapists, and pretty much

all health care professionals."  

-Sheli Sonstein, Q104 Radio NYC

"Anxious Nation is a great way to understand young people -- and learn how to be helpful.

Highly recommend."

-Gabe Howard, Host of the Inside Mental Health podcast from Healthline Media

"ANXIOUS NATION is an important documentary about the anxiety that seems to be plaguing many young people today and offers some solutions for parents, grandparents, and teenagers."


Academy Award-winning director Vanessa Roth and first-time co-director Laura Morton thoughtfully unfold the epidemic of anxiety and explore why we are such an anxious nation. The film sets out to lift the shroud of shame around mental health while giving emotional insights into how anxiety shows up in our children’s lives, impacts families, and what parents’ contributing role may be in the journey. The filmmakers offer deep insights into how we got here and what we can do to harness anxious energy for good.

Bonus: World Premiere Livestream Premiere Q&A with Executive Producer Kathy Ireland, Vanessa Roth, Laura Morton and cast members Dr. Shefali, Tim Storey, and Lynn Lyons, along with a special music performance by Jxdn. Post Screening Q&A moderated by Joan Lunden.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Worldwide Premiere
  • Rating
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Vanessa Roth, Laura Morton
  • Screenwriter
    Vanessa Roth, Laura Morton
  • Producer
    Laura Morton, Steve Purcell
  • Executive Producer
    Laura Morton, Holly Parker, Marc Roman, Dottie Herman, Dina LaPolit, Kathy Ireland, Jon Carrasco, Stephen Roseberry
  • Cast
    Dr. Shefali, Tim Storey, Dr. Dan Siegel, Nora Vasconcellos