Psychiatric Interviews for Teaching: Anxiety

In this film, the GP is seeing a patient who has presented several times before with complaints of palpitations and shortness of breath.

The patient describes the onset of her problems, which was a panic attack. She has then gone on to develop agoraphobia. The problem has affected a number of areas of her life.

The GP explores the patient’s understanding of the problem and it is apparent that she has attributed this to a problem with her heart. The GP then goes on to give the patient an alternative explanation; that this is anxiety. She describes the physiological symptoms of anxiety and explains why avoidance is a problem.

Please note that this video has been made by the University of Nottingham for teaching purposes. The psychiatrist is a real psychiatrist but the patient is played by an actor.