Anxiety Mood.  2020 Oct;16(2):57-75. 10.24986/anxmod.2020.16.2.002.

Adverse Effect of Exposure to Ambient Particular Matter on Neuropsychiatric Disorder

  • 1Department of Psychology & Psychotherapy, College of Health Science, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea


Particular matter is steadily increasing due to environmental factors at domestic and abroad such as industry and economy. Recently, the exposure particular matters has been reported to increase the risk not only for morbidity and mortality, but also for diseases of the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and central nervous system/neuropsychiatric disorder. Although the causes of neuropsychiatric diseases are genetic and environmental factors, it is necessary to pay more attention to environmental factors in terms of prevention. We mainly describe environmental factors that affect neuropsychiatric disorders, mainly on particular matter, which is one of harmful environmental substances. In the current study, we reviewed evidence for the presence of particular matter or particular matter related harmful air pollutants-O 3, SO 2, NO 2/ NOx, traffic related air pollution, that may represent risk factors for the development of neuropsychiatric disorder.


Particular matters; Air pollutant; Central nervous system; Neuropsychiatric disorder
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