What is Anxiety?

More than 40 million Americans live with anxiety disorders, making them the most prevalent mental health conditions in the United States.Gwinnett Psychiatry provides highly customized psychiatric care to relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health and quality of life. If you’re living with anxiety, contact Gwinnett Psychiatry, lead by Medical Director, Dr. Nasira Rubina, located in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions that cause persistent and intrusive fears and worries that disrupt your day-to-day life. 

The most common type of anxiety disorder is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD triggers worries about everyday situations, including work, family, health, or chores. Other types of anxiety include:

  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Specific phobias

The exact cause of anxiety isn’t fully understood. However, medical research indicates that a combination of factors, including irregular brain chemistry, a family history of anxiety or other mental health conditions, and a personal history of trauma contribute to anxiety. 

Additionally, other health conditions sometimes trigger anxiety such as heart disease, thyroid disease, and chronic pain disorders.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Anxiety can cause a variety of mental and physical symptoms. For example, some of the common signs of anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous or tense
  • Restlessness
  • Poor concentration
  • Distracted by worries
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased respiration
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Avoidance behaviors


of adults reported symptoms of anxiety in U.S


Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness


Social Anxiety Disorder affects 15 million adults,



Some of the conditions we treat