Anxiety (Chittodvega) is a disorder of mind (Manovikara), which isstudiedunder the branch Graha chikitsa“.

Charaka, the father of Medicine, attributes Chittodvega to an imbalance of Vata and / or Pitta and / or Pitta along with Raj and Tam-doshas of mind.Classically, Chittodvega was believed to afflict people with weak or vulnerable minds (Alpa satva). Vata and Pitta body types are more prone to Chittodvega as compared to Kapha body types.