This eye-opening film followed patients through Bethlem Royal Hospital’s 18-bed Anxiety and Disorders Residential Unit. This national unit treats the most anxious people in the country - the top one per cent - and claims a success rate of three in four patients. Some are consumed by irrational fears they’ve caused a road accident in their sleep, harmed strangers or have intrusive thoughts.
Their conditions – a range of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Body Dysmorphia and phobias - have escalated to the point where the daily tasks most of us perform unthinkingly are terrifyingly unthinkable.
During the first episode the public met 21-year-old James, who spends seven hours a day locked in the toilet battling his fears and who knows that the unit is his last chance of leading a normal life. We also met Helen, who was unable to leave her home for more than two years for fear of harming others.