Anxiety is a natural emotion — it’s part of your fight-or-flight response, which helps you avoid danger. Anxiety disorders, on the other hand, are a group of mental health conditions that cause pervasive and disproportionate worries and nervousness.
Anxiety disorders are usually related to something in your environment. For example, generalized anxiety disorder, the most common type of anxiety, is often triggered by situations at work, household chores, or family health concerns.
Social anxiety, on the other hand, is triggered by having to interact with other people. Some patients might be triggered by groups or public speaking, while others might be fearful of one-on-one interactions.