High-functioning anxiety refers to a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by intense and persistent worry and stress, but the individual is able to maintain their daily routine and responsibilities. People with high-functioning anxiety may be able to “mask” their anxiety and appear calm and composed on the outside, even while feeling intense anxiety on the inside.
It’s important to note that everyone experiences anxiety differently, and not everyone will experience all of these symptoms. Some people may also experience more physical symptoms, while others may experience more psychological symptoms.
1. You avoid situations that make you anxious
You don’t go on dating apps because you know that involves a level of vulnerability. You easily look for an ‘out’ for social gatherings because they’re uncomfortable. You avoid taking risks and this has stopped you from pursuing what you love and desire.
2. You emotionally disengage from a situation
People may think you’re aloof and uninterested but you are actually disengaging because you don’t want to risk showing vulnerability and being rejected. Since you didn’t open up, you can then think, “Well they didn’t reject me because of me. They don’t even know me. They rejected me because I didn’t try”
3. You frequently look for reassurance as an attempt to ease your anxiety
Does this person care about me? Are they interested? Will my plans work out?
4. You seek distractions
You endlessly scroll on social media. You overwork so that you don’t have to deal with your personal life.
5. You have trouble making decisions
You might think, “What if I make the wrong choice? What if I regret it? What if I miss out on the other options?”
6. You overplan
You like to know every detail of a situation so you have a prepare for every way it could possibly go wrong
You strive to achieve perfection because anything fewer risks disapproval, rejection, or failure.
Other common symptoms of high-functioning anxiety include:
- Excessive worry and stress that interferes with daily life
- Difficulty relaxing or winding down
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- Perfectionism or a need to control everything
- Procrastination or difficulty making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
- Physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating, or muscle tension
- A tendency to push oneself too hard or take on too much
If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety that are disrupting your daily life, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. I can help you identify the cause of your anxiety and develop strategies to manage it. Schedule a free consultation to speak with me.