Anxiety Specialist

Psychiatry in Tucson, AZ

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Anxiety is a feeling of worry or fear when facing a stressful situation. These feelings are normal and resolve once the stress goes away. However, if you persistently feel anxious about everyday things and your anxiety is affecting how you live your life, then you may have an anxiety disorder. Joy Kwakuyi, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is an integrative psychiatric nurse practitioner at Faith Integrated Psychiatry. Dr. Kwakuyi is one of the best doctors for anxiety treatment in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. To get help for your anxiety, call the office, or schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotional reaction to events that have unpredictable outcomes, like a test at school or a problem at work. The emotional reaction helps you cope with the stressful situation, giving you a boost of energy or improving your concentration. 

For most people, the fear, dread, and worry that occurs with anxiety resolves. However, if you have an anxiety disorder, the fear, dread, and worry are persistent, excessive, and overwhelming.

What are types of anxiety disorders?

An anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that causes ongoing feelings of fear and worry about everyday things. There are many types of anxiety disorders, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

People with GAD excessively worry about everyday things like work, health, or finances on a daily basis for six or more months. Their daily anxiety may cause problems at work, school, or home.

Panic disorder

Panic is the most severe anxiety symptom. People with a panic disorder have recurring, unexpected panic attacks. During a panic attack, you have paralyzing feelings of fear or doom along with heart palpitations, sweating, or shortness of breath.

Panic attacks develop without warning and come on quickly. If you have a panic disorder, you may constantly worry about your next panic attack, avoiding situations you fear may trigger one.


Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that causes excessive fear about an object or situation that’s generally considered safe. Examples are fears of spiders or heights.

Social anxiety disorder (fear or worry in social situations) and agoraphobia (fear of open or enclosed spaces, being outside, or using public transportation) are also types of phobias.

What happens during an anxiety evaluation?

Dr. Kwakuyi conducts a thorough diagnostic psychiatric evaluation, including a life mission and spiritual assessment, when you come in with concerns about excessive anxiety. He may perform your evaluation at the office or through telemedicine.

What types of treatments can help my anxiety?

Dr. Kwakuyi customizes your anxiety disorder treatment plan based on type, severity of symptoms, and your ultimate goals. He takes an integrative and holistic approach to psychiatry care, focusing on your whole health, not your diagnosis.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Christian counseling
  • Medication management

There’s no single medication or therapy that works for all. And Dr. Kwakuyi works one-on-one with you to find the right combination that best meets your wellness needs.

For an integrative and holistic approach to anxiety, call Faith Integrated Psychiatry, or schedule an appointment online today.

We treat patients for anxiety and depression in Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona, Portland, Oregon, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call us to book your appointment today.

Faith Integrated Psychiatry
✆ Phone (appointments): 520-263-1583
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 520-505-7184
Address: 4400 E Broadway Blvd, Suite 411, Tucson, AZ 85711
3104 East Camelback Road, #2944, Phoenix, AZ 85016