Signs of High Functioning Anxiety
Anxiety disorder is becoming the norm now. It’s now believed to be the most popular disease in the US, with 40 million adults being affected yearly. Luckily, it’s also something that can be treated. The thing is that that isn’t possible if you don’t even realize that you even have an issue with it.
Here are the signs that you are experiencing high functioning anxiety.
1. You are a type ͞A perfectionist personality. You may find that you are somebody who has to do things in very specific ways and that you expect practically flawless results. You may even find yourself never satisfied with what you’ve achieved or how you’ve performed.
2. You put a lot of self-imposed pressure on yourself to the point where you experience constant tension and anxiety. You may find that you are always in a hurry, that you’re always multitasking and that you never find enough time for yourself.
3. You are a workaholic. Workaholism can lead to high functioning anxiety too. Why? Because if you are that obsessed with your job, you also take it with you at home and in bed. That means never having peace of mind, always overthinking about work situations because you’re trying to solve problems 24/7 and you may catch yourself constantly worrying about what might go wrong with a potential client or project.
4. You keep yourself constantly busy. You’re constantly in a rush to get somewhere or do something so there’s little time left to relax and enjoy the moment. Ironically, these 2 things are exactly what helps you to focus and get more done.
5. You are good at pushing your emotions to the side and you find that when they eventually come out, you feel overwhelmed.
6. You experience irrational fears that to you feel rational. These include the fear of losing your job and going bankrupt, being left by your loved one or having health issues such as getting cancer even if there are no signs or evidence to support those concerns.
7. You’re constantly worried about something. A person experiencing high functioning anxiety can spend every second being nervous about something, especially since there is always something that needs to be done. Such small moments of uneasiness and panic, when happening throughout the whole day, can lead to feeling like you’re constantly on the edge of a catastrophe.
8. You don’t sleep well. Having sleeping problems, whether it’s going to sleep or waking up numerous times in the night is another sign of anxiety. A tell-tale sign that you aren’t getting enough restful sleep is waking up feeling groggy. Not sleeping well can be really problematic because it impacts the quality of your day as well as your ability to concentrate and function at an optimal level.
9. You have physical symptoms. Do you often experience muscle tension, shortness of breath and nausea, or have a dry mouth, irregular heartbeat and loss of appetite? Even one of these can be your body signalling you that there’s something wrong. Your mind is so overwhelmed that all that anxiety has now found its way to your body.
High functioning anxiety can go unchecked because it’s experienced by high-functioning individuals who in the eyes of anybody who knows them, are successful. If what I’ve described sounds familiar, I suggest you make sure that anxiety doesn’t become a permanent part of your life. Acknowledging the issue is the first step.
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