Transcript: Journey through Stress: Coping with Stress | Feb 24, 1988

(music plays)

An animated map of North America appears on screen. One by one, states and provinces change into a darker colour. Then a spinning logo reads "On the Level."

The announcer says THE FOLLOWING COOPERATIVE
PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY
STATE AND PROVINCIAL
AGENCIES WORKING THROUGH THE
AGENCY FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.

(music plays)

A clip shows a young man working at a fast food restaurant kitchen.

[sizzling]

Brad is in his twenties, with short wavy light brown hair. He wears a pale blue T-shirt and an apron. He flips burgers.

The narrator says BRAD NADIG
HAS A PROBLEM.
HE HAS A HARD TIME
DEALING WITH STRESS.

A customer says WAITRESS, CAN WE HAVE
OUR ORDER, PLEASE?

The waitress says BRAD, WHERE'S
MY ORDER?
THREE BURGERS AND A
MONSTER CHILI DOG.

Brad says HEY, GIVE ME A
MONSTER CHILI DOG.

A young boy in the kitchen gives him and "OK" hand gesture.

The waitress says THEY'RE LEAVING.

A new customer arrives and says BUSY, NADIG?

The waitress says BRAD!

The new customer blows a straw cover towards Brad and says HEY, FISH, WE
WANT SOME FOOD.

The waitress says THEY
WALKED OUT!

The boy in the back gives Brad a hotdog.

The customer squeezes a ketchup bottle and says LET'S HAVE SOME FOOD.

Brad gets ready to toss the hot dog at him.

The narrator says STRESS...
WHAT HAS BROUGHT BRAD NADIG
TO THIS UNHAPPY STATE?
COME WITH ME NOW AS WE
RETRACE THE STEPS IN
BRAD NADIG'S JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

A caption reads "Journey Through Stress. Coping with Stress."

A teacher stops the projection of the video in a classroom.

The teacher says OBVIOUSLY THIS IS
MADE AS A SPOOF.
IT'S EXAGGERATED, BUT I
THINK IN IT YOU CAN FIND
THINGS THAT ARE REAL FOR
YOU RELATED TO STRESS.

A male student with straight brown hair says WELL, I'VE THROWN
FOOD AT PEOPLE BEFORE.
I'VE THROWN THE
FRENCH FRIES AT THEM.
THIS LADY CAME IN AND SHE
STARTED YELLING AT ME ABOUT
WHAT KIND OF
HAMBURGER SHE WANTED.
HALF MEDIUM, HALF
RAW OR SOMETHING.
THEN THE BOSS TOLD ME WHY
COULDN'T I DO IT, YOU KNOW,
LIKE THAT, AND I SAID, YOU
KNOW, BECAUSE IT'S NOT
COOKED RIGHT.
THEN HE STARTED GETTING ON
MY CASE AND TOLD ME DO IT.
AND THEN SHE WAS SITTING
THERE YELLING, AND I JUST
FELT LIKE GRABBING THAT
BURGER AND JUST SMASHING IT.

The teacher says ANDY?

Andy is in his late teens, with short straight light brown hair.

Andy says YOU GOTTA WATCH HOW FAR
YOU GO WITH LETTING
OUT YOUR STRESS.
BECAUSE IF YOU REALLY LET
OUT EVERYTHING YOU COULD
REALLY HURT SOMEBODY.

A female student with short brown hair says IF I REALLY START TO REALIZE
WHAT I'M DOING, THEN I'LL
JUST STOP AND GO TO MYSELF
FOR A WHILE AND THINK ABOUT
IT AND MAYBE
TALK TO SOMEONE.

The teacher says OKAY.
HERE'S ANOTHER SCENE FOR
YOU TO LOOK AT WITH BRAD.

A slate reads "10 AM Monday. Fun in School."

The narrator says 10 A.M. MONDAY.
TIME FOR FUN IN SCHOOL.

In the classroom, the teacher hands out exam sheets and says I HOPE YOU'VE ALL
READ THE ASSIGNMENT.
I WOULD LIKE YOUR ANSWERS TO
BE AS COMPLETE AS POSSIBLE.
YOU HAVE THE REST
OF THE PERIOD.

The narrator says AN ENGLISH EXAM.
OUR FIRST STOP ON BRAD
NADIG'S JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

(music plays)
LET'S LOOK AT SOME OF
THE SIGNALS OF STRESS.
AN UPSET STOMACH.
SWEATY PALMS.
SHORTNESS OF BREATH.
HIS HEART POUNDS FIERCELY.
CONFUSION.
HIS FACE IS FLUSHED.
WHAT WOULD BRAD LIKE
TO DO RIGHT NOW?

Brad stands up, grabs his desk and smashes it on the floor.

He says I HATE IT!
I CAN'T TAKE IT!

The narrator says AH, BUT BRAD
CAN'T RUN FROM A TEST.
SOONER OR LATER,
HE'LL HAVE TO TAKE IT.
[heart beating]
WHAT SHOULD BRAD DO?
RELAX.
CALM DOWN.
FOR EXAMPLE, HE COULD TAKE
SLOW, EVEN, DEEP BREATHS TO
COUNTERACT THAT TENSION.

Brad bites his pen aggressively.

The narrator says THIS WOULD HELP HIM
TO THINK MORE CLEARLY
AND TAKE THAT TEST.
SLOW, DEEP BREATHS.
[exhale]

The rest of the class take deep breathes.

The narrator says SEE?
EVERYONE ELSE KNOWS THAT.
BUT NOT BRAD.
HE'S ON A JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

The bell rings.

The narrator says SAVED BY THE BELL...

Brad leaves the classroom. The teacher grabs his test.

The narrator says OR IS HE?

Now the male teacher stops the tape.

He says ONCE AGAIN, BRAD
IS IN TROUBLE.

Stacy is in her late teens, with short wavy brown hair.

Stacy says I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY
HE FEELS THAT BECAUSE
IT'S LIKE THAT EVERY
PERIOD OF THE DAY.
WHEN YOU HAVE A TEST,
THE TEACHERS JUST
PULL THAT ON YOU.
I MEAN YOU KNOW IT.
BUT I GUESS IT JUST ADDS TOO
AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T
KNOW THE MATERIAL THAT
YOU'RE GOING TO BE TESTED ON.

A young man with short straight blond hair says I REALLY WORRY.
I MEAN YOU WORRY.
I DO.
I WORRY MYSELF AND LIKE DO I
KNOW THIS OR MAYBE I DIDN'T
STUDY ENOUGH OR MAYBE I
DIDN'T STUDY THE RIGHT THING.

The teacher says ANDY?

Andy says WELL, USUALLY I TALK TO
PEOPLE MORE THAN I USE THE
PHYSICAL OUTLET OF STRESS.
I DO THAT SOMETIMES, BUT I
FIND IT DOESN'T HELP AS MUCH
AS JUST TALKING TO SOMEBODY
AND GETTING IT OUT THAT WAY.

The woman with the short brown hair says YOU SHOULD REALLY SIT DOWN,
YOU KNOW, TAKE A LONG, LONG
TIME FOR YOURSELF AWAY.
YOU KNOW, THINK ABOUT IT.
JUST THINK ABOUT WHAT'S
REALLY GETTING TO YOU.

The young man with the brown hair says YOU KNOW, WHEN I HAVE A
REALLY HARD TIME TALKING TO
PEOPLE I THINK ABOUT THAT,
AND IT GETS ME MORE STRESSED.
AND, YOU KNOW, I LIKE TO
TAKE IT OUT ON SOMETHING,
SO I STARTED WEIGHTLIFTING
A LITTLE WHILE AGO.
YOU JUST START WORKING OUT
AND THROWING IT AROUND.
IT TAKES, YOU KNOW,
IT JUST DISSOLVES IT.

A slate reads "3 PM. Wednesday. Sports: A Healthy Outlet."

The narrator says 3 P.M. WEDNESDAY.
SPORTS.
THE THRILL OF VICTORY AND
THE SWEATY STINK OF DEFEAT.
[grunting]

A group of young men train at the gym.

The narrator says SPORTS...
A REFRESHING OUTLET
FOR THE DAY'S TENSIONS.
FOR SOME PEOPLE.

The coach makes a "come here" gesture and says NADIG.

The narrator says WELL, IT LOOKS
LIKE COACH GRANGER IS
GOING TO LAY IT
ON THE LINE.

Coach Granger says I'M GOING TO LAY IT
ON THE LINE, BRAD.
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WRESTLE
ON THE VARSITY TEAM THIS YEAR.

Brad says WHAT?!

Coach Granger says I'VE DECIDED TO PUT YOU ON
THE HEAVYWEIGHT SLOT IN THE
JUNIOR VARSITY.

Brad says WHY?

Coach Granger says WHY?!
LOOK AT THAT GUT.
YOU'VE REALLY
GOTTEN OUT OF SHAPE.
YOU'RE SLOW.
YOU'RE SLOPPY.

Brad says COACH, I'M NOT
WRESTLING JV.

Coach Granger says LOOK, PEEWEE COULD YOU
THE SHAPE YOU'RE IN.

Brad says HE COULD NOT!
I COULD...

Coach Granger says PEEWEE.

Peewee stands up. He’s a fit young man with brown hair.

The narrator says BRAD NADIG
UNDER STRESS.
[cheering]

Brad and Peewee get ready to wrestle.

The crowd shout ALL RIGHT!
[shouting]

Peewee knocks Brad out.

Another boy says COME ON, FISH,
SWIM TO ME.
FISH, FISH,
FISH, FISH!

Coach Granger says ALRIGHT, KNOCK IT
OFF, YOU GUYS!

The narrator says PATHETIC
STATE, HUH, COACH?

Coach Granger says WHAT WAS THAT?

The narrator says DON'T WORRY,
COACH, I'M HERE.
I'M FOLLOWING BRAD NADIG'S
JOURNEY THROUGH STRESS.

Coach Granger says OH.
STRESS, HUH.

The narrator says YES.
DIDN'T BRAD USED TO BE
ONE OF YOUR BEST MEN?

Coach Granger says YEAH, BUT HE REALLY LET
HIMSELF GET OUT OF SHAPE.
AND HIS ATTITUDE
IS SHOT, TOO.

The narrator says YOU KNOW, IF
BRAD EXERCISED MORE,
HE'D BE IN SHAPE.
AND THE PHYSICAL WORKOUT
WOULD RELIEVE SOME
OF THAT TENSION.

Coach Granger says YOU KNOW, I TRIED TO TELL
BRAD THE SAME THING,
BUT HE DOESN'T
LISTEN TO ANYBODY.

Brad says COACH?

Coach Granger bangs the mat and says HIT THE SHOWERS, NADIG.

Brad lies on the mat.

The narrator says BRAD NADIG
UNDER STRESS.
NOT A PRETTY PICTURE.

The young man with the brown hair says YOU KNOW, WHEN HE SAID THE
LITTLE SHRIMP GUY COULD BEAT
HIM LIKE THAT, I MEAN YOU
KNOW THAT'S RIGHT THERE,
THAT'S GOT TO BE
JUST PRESSURE ALONE.
AND I WOULD TAKE THE
PRESSURE FROM THAT, AND
I WOULD CHANGE THAT INTO
PRESSURE TO USE AGAINST
WRESTLING HIM.

The young man with the blond hair says BUT I THINK WHAT HE
SHOULD HAVE DONE WAS USED IT
BUT SAID, SEE, I'M
GOING TO WORK OUT.
I'M GOING TO, YOU KNOW, I'M
GOING TO LOSE THIS WEIGHT
AND COME BACK
ON THE TEAM.

The teacher says BOBBY?

Bobby is in his late teens, with very short curly brown hair and a shadow of a moustache. He wears a cream Polo T-Shirt.

Bobby says MAYBE ONE NIGHT I WON'T
GET INTO A BASKETBALL GAME
BECAUSE IT'S TOO
MANY PEOPLE, RIGHT.
SO I START FIGURING, WELL,
I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH,
SO I'LL GO HOME
AND START RUNNING.
I'LL RUN ALL NIGHT LONG AND
START JUMPING ROPE, YOU
KNOW, UNTIL I GET
TIRED AND GO TO SLEEP.

The teacher says SOMETHING ELSE?

A man in a plaid shirt says I LIKE TO TAKE
LONG WALKS.
SOMETIMES, YOU KNOW,
THEY CAN BE MILES LONG.
I CAN END UP IN
ANOTHER NEIGHBOURHOOD.
I TRIED, YOU KNOW, THE
PILLOW HITTING THING,
BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.
SO WALKING SEEMS TO THE
ONE THAT'S GOING TO STICK.

A slate reads "5 PM Friday. Home: A shelter from the storm."

The narrator says 5 P.M. FRIDAY.
CHAPTER FOUR IN BRAD NADIG'S
JOURNEY THROUGH STRESS.

Brad enters his house and puts some music.

The narrator says HOME... A SHELTER
FROM THE STORM.
CAN BRAD FINALLY UNWIND
AND RELIEVE SOME
OF THOSE TENSIONS?

Brad’s father says WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
I MADE DINNER
AN HOUR AGO.
IF YOU'RE GOING
TO BE LATE
YOU'RE SUPPOSED
TO CALL, RIGHT?
YOU HAVE TO FIX
YOUR OWN DINNER NOW.

Brad says I'M NOT HUNGRY.

Dad says GREAT.
THEN YOU CAN FINISH
CLEANING UP THE KITCHEN.

Brad says COME ON, DAD.
GIVE ME A BREAK.

Dad turns the music off and says THE OVEN LOOKS
LIKE A PIT.

[telephone ringing]

The narrator says WELL IT SEEMS THAT
HOME BRINGS NO RELIEF AT ALL
ON BRAD'S JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

Dad says WHO'S THAT?

The narrator says DON'T WORRY.
I'M AN ALL-KNOWING
DISEMBODIED VOICE.

Dad lights a cigarette and says OH.

On the table lies an ashtray full of cigarette butts and empty cans of bear.

The narrator says THERE'S
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT.

Brad says YOU ONE OF
BRAD'S FRIENDS?

The narrator says YES.
I'M FOLLOWING BRAD ON HIS
JOURNEY THROUGH STRESS.

Dad accidentally spills some beer.

Dad says LOOK WHAT YOU
MADE ME DO!

The narrator says I'M SORRY.
STRESS, HUH?

Dad cleans up the mess with an old newspaper.

The narrator says YES.

Dad says I'LL TELL YOU ABOUT STRESS.
I'M THE ONE WHO'S
UNDER STRESS.
I GOT A KID WHO
WON'T TALK TO ME.
A WIFE WHO JUST UP
AND MOVED OUT OF HERE.
YOU OUGHT TO STUDY ME.

The narrator says YOU MEAN THAT YOU
AND YOUR WIFE ARE SEPARATED?

Dad says I THOUGHT YOU
WERE ALL-KNOWING?

The narrator says YES, WELL...
THAT CERTAINLY
EXPLAINS A LOT.

Dad says TOLD YOU.

The narrator says YES, IT
CERTAINLY DOES.

Dad says EXPLAINS A LOT
ABOUT WHAT?

The narrator says BRAD'S PROBLEM.
YOU SEE, SEVERE STRESS OFTEN
OCCURS WITH SOME MAJOR
CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE, AND
THEN BUILDS FOR A VARIETY
OF REASONS.
YOUR SEPARATION
IS A MAJOR CHANGE.
COULD THIS BE THE CAUSE
OF BRAD'S STRESS PROBLEM?

Brad says BE BACK LATER.

Dad says YOU'RE NOT
GOING ANYWHERE.

Brad says STEWART'S
HAVING A PARTY.

Dad says I SAID YOU'RE NOT
GOING ANYWHERE!
YOU HAVEN'T DONE ONE
THING AROUND HERE THAT
I'VE TOLD YOU TO DO.

Brad says I'M GOING OUT, AND I'M
GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME
FOR A CHANGE!

Dad says STRESS, HUH?

Brad leaves.

In the classroom, the teacher says TONI.

Toni is in her twenties, with long slightly wavy black hair with bangs. She wears a red tip.

Toni says SAY THE MOTHER
JUST UP AND LEFT.
THAT WOULD BE A REASON
TO CAUSE SO MANY OF THE
PROBLEMS THAT BRAD
HAS BEEN HAVING.
THAT WOULD, YOU KNOW,
FOR ME, I SEE IT AS REASON
ENOUGH FOR HIM NOT TO BE
ABLE TO STUDY, NOT TO
CONCENTRATE ON WORK, NOT
TO BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE
ON HIS SPORTS.

A young woman in a red and yellow T-shirt says WHEN IT'S TOGETHER AT HOME,
IT CAN BE TOGETHER AT SCHOOL.
HE CAN HAVE A MUCH MORE
POSITIVE APPROACH AT SCHOOL.

The teacher says STACY?

Stacy says MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED AND
I LIVE WITH MY MOTHER, AND
THIS HAS BEEN LIKE ONE OF
THE CLOSEST YEARS FOR MY
MOTHER AND I, BUT IT'S
BECAUSE OF MY FATHER BECAUSE
HE'S JUST BEEN COMING AT ME,
COMING AT ME, AND TELLING ME
HOW TO RUN MY LIFE WHEN HE
WASN'T THERE, AND I'VE JUST
REALLY GOT A LOT
OF STRESS FROM HIM.
BUT I RELIEVE THAT THROUGH
MY MOTHER BY TALKING
TO HER ABOUT IT.

The man with blond hair says LIKE I HAVE THE
SAME SITUATION.
MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED
AND I LIVE WITH MY FATHER,
EXCEPT I WANT TO
LIVE WITH MY MOTHER.
YOU SEE, THAT... THAT
CAN BE STRESSFUL.
I AGREE.
EVERYBODY SHOULD TALK IT OUT
WITH PEOPLE, BUT IT HAS TO...
TALKING CAN ONLY DO SO
MUCH IF YOU DON'T
BELIEVE IT YOURSELF.

Stacy says YOU NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT IT
IS IN YOURSELF THAT YOU CAN
USE AS A RELEASE OF
YOUR STRESS THAT YOU
MIGHT BE FEELING.
WHETHER IT BE TALKING TO
SOMEONE OR JUST THINKING THE
THOUGHTS OUT, PROBLEM
SOLVING IT OR IGNORING IT.
SOME PEOPLE SOLVE
IT THAT WAY.
WHATEVER IT IS THEY HAVE
TO REALIZE WHAT THAT IS
AND THEN DO IT.AM Saturday.

A slate reads "11:47 AM Saturday. Lunch: some like it hot."

The narrator says 11:47 SATURDAY.
AND SO, ALONE, BRAD COMES
TO THE END OF HIS JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

The waitress says BRAD,
MONSTER CHILI DOG!
THEY'RE LEAVING!

The annoying customer says HEY, FISH.

The waitress says BRAD!
THEY WALKED OUT!

The annoying customer says HEY, FISH.
WE WANT SOME FOOD.

Brad says LET'S GO!

He takes the hot dog from the boy at the back.

The waitress says THEY DON'T NEED
THAT ANY MORE!

The annoying customer says LET'S HAVE SOME FOOD.

Brad aims the hot dog at the customer.

The narrator says WAIT,
BRAD, THINK.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

Brad puts the hot dog down.

The narrator says GOOD, GOOD.
THAT'S RIGHT, BRAD.

He finally tosses the hot dog to the customer’s face and throws himself at him. The customer runs out.

The narrator says OH NO, BRAD!
I CAN'T BELIEVE
HE DID THAT.
NOW I'M UNDER STRESS.
I CAN'T LET THE
FILM END LIKE THIS.
WHAT'LL I DO?
OH, I KNOW.
I'LL ASK THE CLASS.

Brad walks out and argues with the customer.

A student says THE BEST WAY TO DEAL
WITH STRESS IS TO SLOW DOWN
AND TO FIND OUT WHAT'S
CAUSING YOUR PROBLEM.

Another student says AND YOU HAVE TO
DEVELOP CERTAIN WAYS IN WHICH
YOU CAN SOLVE IT, WHETHER IT
BE JUST TALKING TO SOMEONE
OR BEING ALONE AND THINKING
IT OUT YOURSELF OR ANYTHING
LIKE THAT.

Another student says HE SHOULD TRY TALKING
TO HIS FATHER, YOU KNOW,
IF HE HASN'T ALREADY.
TRY TO EXPLAIN TO
HIM HOW HE FEELS.

Another student says HE'S GOING TO HAVE
TO IMPROVE HIMSELF IN SCHOOL.
HE'S GOT TO IMPROVE
HIMSELF PHYSICALLY.
WHETHER IT BE WEIGHTLIFTING
OR TALKING TO FRIENDS.
THEY JUST NEED TO FIND WHAT IT
IS THAT HELPS THEM AND DO IT.

Brad goes jogging in the park with a friend.

The narrator says SO OUR HERO
FINALLY GETS IT TOGETHER,
TAKES ACTION, AND
STOPS THE LONG RIDE
ON HIS JOURNEY
THROUGH STRESS.

(music plays)

A slate reads "Journey Through Stress. Coping with stress."

The opening sequence rolls again.

The announcer says ON THE LEVEL IS SUPPORTED
BY STATE AND PROVINCIAL
AGENCIES AND THE CORPORATION
FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
THROUGH THE AGENCY FOR
INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION.
TOGETHER SERVING EDUCATION.

A slate reads "With support from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting."

This program was produced by EFC. Educational Film Center. The Northern Virginia Educational Telecommunications Association.

Copyright, 1980. Agency for Instructional Television.

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