Anxiety: a short history


Raj Persaud talks to Professor Allan Horwitz, author of the 2013 book 'Anxiety: A Short History', about our cultural understanding of anxiety and how this has changed through the centuries.


Date published: 28 October 2014

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Allan Horwitz

Audio running time: 20 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the way in which anxiety was understood in primitive, Ancient Greek and Freudian times


  • the impact that historical events, cultural beliefs and faith have had on our views of anxiety


  • some of the debates surrounding anxiety that influenced the compilation of DSM-V.



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