The number of people diagnosed with mental disorders is said to be on the rise, globally. Researchers thus far have been unable to pinpoint the actual cause of mental illnesses. However, the following factors have been implicated: a variety of genetic, social and environmental factors that can contribute to mental illness such as inherited traits that cause a higher susceptibility to such disorders. Some of the most common affective mental disorders are depression and anxiety disorders. Although anxiety often accompanies depression, not everyone with depression experiences an anxiety disorder and vice versa. In commemoration of #MentalHealthMonth, the first of this series of articles will be dedicated to anxiety disorders and their probable impact on the lives of those affected.