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Iron Man Has Anxiety

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Mental Health Awareness, and the Latest Movies

By Salomon Ptasevich

Last week I had a chance to see the latest Iron Man movie, and to my surprise the new Tony Stark seems to be suffering from what appears to be panic attacks, night terrors and PTSD. In multiple scenes we can see him struggling with his anxiety and he even has a full-blown panic attack near the beginning of the movie.

I find it really refreshing to see that one of the most self-confident characters on the screen today has been touched by a mental health issue. I think this shows a trend of acceptance of mental health as something that can affect anybody and this will certainly help to raise awareness in the younger generation.

Many times I see that new ASN users are really surprised by the fact that there are others that suffer from anxiety as well. Many are unaware of what anxiety is at all.

Another thing I really liked about the fact that Stark has an anxiety disorder is the way that this disorder is actually used as a device for the development of the character. It helps to humanize him and make him more likable.

On the contrary, I was very disappointed with Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and the way the movie depicts people with mental health disorders. I think it was completely exaggerated, unrealistic and stigmatizing. In this case I will say that unfortunately not every movie that talks about mental health helps reduce the stigma related with mental health.

On a final note I will say that Stark seems to get rid of his anxiety real fast and easily, which as we know is kind of over optimistic, but hey, what are were you expecting? He is “Iron Man” after all 

What are your thoughts on this movie and others dealing with mental health illnesses? What do you think about Stark’s new anxiety?

Don’t forget to join ASN and start sharing your experiences with other people who understand!


Last modified on Saturday, 25 May 2013 20:58


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  • Comment Link Rabbritt Monday, 21 October 2013 19:04 posted by Rabbritt

    I felt relieved in seeing Tony suffer from panic attacks. I'm really glad they put that side of him out there for all to see. In a way it made me feel like they were saying "Hey, its okay. We know, and your not alone. It can happen to anyone"
    No matter how strong you are. Gives you some peace of mind.

  • Comment Link Castro Gil Wednesday, 21 August 2013 07:52 posted by Castro Gil

    To be quite honest, I am quite happy that Iron Man 3 had Tony going through anxiety issues. Thanks to it I can explain to some people, such as my youngest niece, what I am going through. My youngest niece is very close to me, and she had been worried about me ever since I started having anxiety issues. Finally, when I took her to rewatch Iron Man 3 before it left the theaters, I realized how I could explain my condition to her. Now she knows what I am going through, and she tries her best to help me deal with, mainly by keeping me busy playing games and such to keep my mind off my anxious thoughts.

  • Comment Link RlndSc Sunday, 18 August 2013 09:53 posted by RlndSc

    It was nice to see a super hero suffering from panic attacks in a fairly realistic way in a big budget movie. The social stigma against people suffering from panic attacks is enormous, but by little steps like this maybe acceptance and understanding may grow? I do agree though that he seemed to get rid of them extremely fast. If only real-life were like that, eh? :)

  • Comment Link mae mae Sunday, 26 May 2013 08:33 posted by mae mae

    Wow, I didn't know about this in iron man. Gonna watch this one :) The Croods is great also, refreshing movie.
    Great blog.

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