Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  71 minutes
Date:  2001
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Closed captioning available
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OCD: The War Inside

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The personal stories of people fighting to survive a war in their minds: dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

OCD: The War Inside

They seem like ordinary people. They have no physical disabilities and appear as functional as the next person. But their lives have been shadowed by the crippling effects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, a misunderstood anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts, nagging fears and ritualistic behaviour. OCD: The War Inside documents the personal stories of several individuals who fight to survive a war inside their minds. Their stories reveal a deeper aspect to the disorder, which goes beyond the constant hand washing, door locking and other repetitive acts typically associated with OCD

“I stumbled upon this site by accident and had no intentions on even watching a movie. This is one of the best films I have ever watched by far. Extraordinary work by a very talented film maker! Thank you so much for your contributions in making this film and for giving us a candid look into O.C.D. I can't help but to wonder if everyone doesn't have some degree of this disease? ”


Canada, Toronto, Rendez-vous with Madness Film Festival, 08-Nov-2002, Canada, Vancouver, Itinerant - National Council on Family Relations, 18-Nov-2003, USA, Berkeley, Superfest The International Media Festival on Disabilities, 07-Jun-2003, USA, Bethlehem, Itinerant - HESCA Film Festival, 19-Jun-2003,USA, Columbus, International Film and Video Festival, 23-Oct-2002,USA, New York, International Health and Medical Media Awards ( Freddie ), 07-Nov-2002


Main credits

Pancer, Mark (film director)
Hoffert, David (film director)
Hoffert, David (composer)
Basmajian, Silva (film producer)

Other credits

Editor, Greg West; director of photography, Barry Stone; original music by Paul Hoffert.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Mental Disorder
Illness, Disease and Disorders

Distributor subjects

Children and Youth
People with disabilities
Psychology and Psychiatry
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder


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