Review Article

대한불안의학회지 (19권2호 27-36)

The History of the Concept of Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

불안과 불안 장애의 개념의 역사

Yoon Young Chang and Won Kim

Department of Psychiatry, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Interest in anxiety has a long history, and this topic has played a significant role in the field of mental health. The concept of anxiety has evolved diversely over time and across cultures, influencing our understanding, diagnosis, and treatment approaches for anxiety disorders. In this paper, we have reviewed and summarized various concepts and theories related to anxiety that have evolved over several centuries. Furthermore, we have examined how the diagnostic criteria in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) have changed within this historical context. A precise understanding of the history of the concept of anxiety and anxiety disorders is believed to have a positive impact on shaping the future path of anxiety disorders in psychiatry. (Anxiety and Mood 2023;19(2):27-36)


History; Anxiety; Anxiety disorder.