This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her... See full summary »
This short looks at the illness anthropophobia, the fear of people. In 1901, young Catherine Starr, who lives in a small English coastal town, has an argument with her fiancé. He leaves her house, goes off to serve in the Boer War, and dies of malaria. Catherine blames herself for his death and fears others will also blame her. She does not leave her house for forty years. Groceries are delivered to the house, but no one sees who retrieves them. When the Nazis bomb her house in September 1941, she is forced to cope with the outside world. Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
Interesting--especially for mental health professionals.
"The Woman in the House" is from the 'Passing Parade' series hosted by John Nesbitt. It's VERY unusual because it deals with a mental illness that you almost never hear about--even today. The film is about a woman with anthropophobia--a disorder which "The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual" (aka, "DSM) now labels 'social phobia'. Apparently, following the death of her boyfriend (for which she blamed herself), she was so worried about being criticized for it that she never left her home for 40 years! And, this was only disrupted when her home was evacuated during the Blitz in WWII. And, fortunately, this turned out to be the best thing for the woman--being forced to leave and interact with others. Now according to the film, this is a true story--and a very interesting one at that. While not exactly a must-see film, it's sure one that folks might enjoy--particularly those who work in the mental health field.
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