If you are like most people with high-functioning anxiety, then you might have no idea that you even have the problem.
You might be entangled in a daily battle against the condition and be none the wiser.
But that is not a good situation to be in as anxiety can be crippling, and it can even force you to stay locked up in your house.
However, on the other end of the spectrum are people who are very valuable to society, even though they are inwardly overwhelmed by stress and self-doubt. These are the high-functioning anxiety victims among us.
Some of the signs that you might be suffering from high functioning anxiety include the following.
Taking things a little easy might be the best thing for you. But you can’t, because your anxiety won’t let you. You see work as a distraction, and you also don’t want to feel like you have let anyone down. Even when there’s no actual work, you find a way to keep yourself busy.
Your heart might be racing, but you look composed, and you can even smile and say you are okay when you are fighting strong emotions on the inside or struggling against the urge to hyperventilate.
With you, there is a greater likelihood of procrastination because even small tasks seem huge sometimes. So, making that phone call can take forever because it seems like a huge task.
High functioning anxiety can come off as quirkiness. Your actions and mannerisms might be driven by anxiety, but your face shows none of it.
You regularly seek the best, including unattainable perfection, usually as part of a desire to make everyone happy. But even after accomplishing great things, you cannot accept them.
You try your best to make everyone happy and proud of you. But you seem to always fall short when it comes to pleasing yourself.
Your fears can keep you away from others sometimes. Normal things can seem very difficult for you. You might not want compliments, and you can be overcome by a desire to stay away from others, which can make you a little lonely.
You constantly feel inadequate and stressed. Everyone else, even loved ones, may not notice that you feel that way because your life looks okay. But deep down, you fear losing what you have.
There is a reason they call it high-functioning anxiety, and it’s because it does not give you a break. It stays with you round the clock, whether you are at work or at home.
You do certain things to cope, such as biting your nails or pulling your hair. What matters most to you is doing something that helps you alleviate the anxiety you feel.
You might be the first person to leave a party because you thought of the party as a distraction, but it wasn’t. So, you leave early. It could also be that the whole affair has made you stressed, and you decide to leave without explanation, and that’s probably something your friends associate you with.
Even when everyone is praising you, you don’t see the good they see. You are regularly dissatisfied with what you have achieved.
You are harder on yourself than you are on most other people, and your mistakes make you feel down, however tiny they are. Accepting that mistakes are normal is a big issue for you.
Just because you have high-functioning anxiety, it does not mean you experience the symptoms in a way that’s different from anyone else. It’s just that you manage to shake off the nausea, the worry, and the panic and go on about life without anyone noticing the vicious battle happening in your head.