Symptom Media


“I’m impressed and encouraged by [Symptom Media’s] use of the visual medium for behavior modification applications. I have found these procedures very effective in short circuiting dependence on the verbal/oral communication process”

Dr. Francis Dwyer
Endorsement: Top Visual Learning Researcher, Penn State University,

“Symptom Media [is] an exciting collaborative effort between the professional mental health community and the artistic community. Increasingly, educators in psychiatry are resorting to popular films to visually portray symptoms of mental illness. Unfortunately, the details of illness are often inaccurate and the portrayals of mental health professionals are often grossly unprofessional with inappropriate boundary crossings (e.g. in the Prince of Tides, the mental health professional becomes romantically involved with a family member of a patient)…[These training titles] provide a unique, vital tool to teach both the public and health care providers about mental illness in order to stimulate their learning about effective treatments that provide healing and hope.

Linda L.M. Worley, M.D
Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Departments of Psychiatry & Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chair Education Committee, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
Past President, Association for Academic Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Board Examiner

“The formation of Symptom Media…to produce movie clips about psychiatric and psychological phenomena will have a far reaching impact in education here at home and across the globe. These training titles produced by professional filmmakers and guided by experts…can be used to improve our knowledge of mental health and diminish the stigma associated with it…[These training titles] can be used to enrich our understanding in all sectors of society including law enforcement, local and state governments, military, court system and the community at large. I am in full support of this mission and noble cause.”

Hamid R. Tavakoli, M.D.
Chief, Consultation-Liason Psychiatry
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth

“I have known Dr. Fidler for over 30 years and have been consistently impressed with his creativity, innovative use of the media for teaching, and ability to “reach” learners at many levels…Symptom Media allows [Dr. Fidler’s] professional knowledge and creative script writing to be joined with professional film company…that can be used worldwide to improve the understanding of mental health disorders. I am therefore very excited…and it has my strongest endorsement…as an important contribution to our patients, their families, and the medical profession.”

Jonathan F. Borus, M.D.
Stanley Cobb Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
and Faculty Dean for Education at BWH
Harvard Medical School
Director of Medical Education, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“Such material, akin to slide sets used to teach dermatology and radiology and films used to teach medical and surgical procedures, are necessary both to illustrate the clinical phenomena of various psychiatric conditions and problematic interpersonal interactions, and also to demonstrate the operations and tactics of diverse types of interviewing and assessment procedures, therapies, and counseling techniques for these assorted clinical problems.”

Joel Yager, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science,
David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico