27.10.2021 – 16:06
Fear is part of life. But what happens when fear determines our lives? Anxiety disorders are not a marginal phenomenon in Germany – more of a widespread disease. Around eleven million people in this country suffer from an anxiety disorder. This makes excessive fear the most common mental illness in Germany. Rabiat reporter Katja Döhne meets in “Rabiat: Republic of Fear” people who confront their fear. Some have learned to live with their fear, others are still looking for the right way to deal with them or continue to fight their fear. The first shows “Rabiat: Republic of Fear” on Monday, November 1st, 10:50 pm. Production is already in the the ARD media library retrievable.
Morbid fear has many faces. Phobias, i.e. fears that relate to very specific things or situations, are very common and very treatable. The classics include fear of spiders, syringes or heights. Rabiat reporter Katja Döhne is there when anxious patients go through exposure therapy and face their fears. A man with fear of heights climbs up the tower of St. Lamberti Church in Münster. At a fear of flying seminar in Bremen, people come together who already feel panic at the thought of flying. At the end of the day of the seminar, they should get into a small sport airplane. How do those affected manage to cope with these extreme situations? And why is confrontation often the key to a fear-free life?
In Northern Hesse, “Rabiat: Republic of Fear” accompanies 17-year-old Antonia, who has been suffering from a social phobia for years. Speaking in front of the class is a torture for Antonia at school, mostly she sits quietly in the back seats and decides to keep quiet. When panic attacks occur and Antonia calls the fire brigade several times out of fear of death, she and her mother look for help. Antonia is now making first progress in therapy at the Schön Clinic in Bad Arolsen. Here, anxiety disorders are treated with the help of virtual therapy, among other things. The patients experience exactly the situations that trigger fear in them in virtual reality. Rabiat reporter Katja Döhne has also had an exaggerated fear of speaking in front of large groups since she was a child, and has tried out the new therapy method. In the virtual world, she has to give a lecture in front of a not-too-friendly audience. Do the fears feel as real as they do in real life?
Many people with anxiety disorder deal with their suffering for a long time. Talking about your own fears, revealing yourself to your personal environment or even your own employer, is often filled with shame and an impossibility for those affected. The fear of being perceived as weak, vulnerable or not fully efficient is too great. In self-help in Munich, people come together every week who want to learn together to live with their anxiety disorder. From over 70-year-old ex-soldiers to young students, people from very different strata of the population meet here. Talking helps, everyone agrees. But what exactly is it that makes those affected in the group stronger? And what is it about the prejudice that in self-help you talk each other deeper into your own insecurity?
On her trip through the republic for “Rabiat: Republic of Fear”, Rabiat reporter Katja Döhne learns that pathological fear is often not recognized or misunderstood for a long time. It takes courage to deal with it. But if you don’t ignore it, you have a good chance of defeating it – or at least making friends with it.
Script / Director: Katja Döhne
Camera: Florian Linke, Frederik Klose-Gerlich
Ton: David Haarhaus, Lennart Lang
Editing: Eike Bartsch
Production management: Leonardo Re, Michael Kappler
Producer: Manuel Possible, Christian Tipke
Editor: Frido Essen (Radio Bremen)
Conductor: Thomas von Bötticher (Radio Bremen)
“Rabiat: Republic of Fear” is a production by Sendefähig GmbH (Manuel Possible, Dennis Leiffels and Christian Tipke) on behalf of Radio Bremen for Das Erste 2021.
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