Every day I work with people who have, what would best be described as, high functioning anxiety.
And when clients no longer need medication and are no longer holed up in their house, they believe that they no longer have anxiety. Not true.
When most people hear the word anxiety, our minds conjure up images of people rocking and crying unable to move and unable to function. Sadly, that’s not exactly a reality for many of us existing despite high functioning anxiety.
Everybody suffers differently.
However, the following five signs are a group of commonalities. If you wonder or are concerned that you are living with high functioning anxiety, please reach out and get the support I know you deserve.
The top 5 common experiences of people living with high functioning anxiety include:
People Have a Hard Time Reading You: Living with high functioning anxiety can often feel like a full-time job, just keeping your anxiety under wraps. Because other people either know you as one of two things, the rock or someone who is just hard to read.
While neither of those is really incorrect, they’re not completely accurate either. Sometimes you’re so busy focusing on keeping your anxiety under wraps that other people misread you as being one of those things.
Because you don’t dare let your face give in to the anxiety because then everything else will begin to fall as well. :(
You Frequently Experience Poor Sleep: High functioning anxiety often prevents the mind from shutting down off.
So, getting deep and healing sleep is usually a challenge because y spend more time tossing and turning than you do getting deep, quality sleep.Even on the rare occasions that you get good sleep, you are still exhausted because living with a high level of anxiety and still functioning is exhausting.
You Struggle To Relax: Many people who live with high functioning anxiety really don’t know how to do “nothing” well.
When your mind never shuts off, it’s difficult to allow your body to relax and just do nothing. But for many living with high functioning anxiety, there are to do lists that are 17 thousand miles long constantly.. It’s difficult to relax when you are constantly under the scrutiny of the pressure of your own anxiety.
You Are A Perfectionist: Some people are driven by a sense of needing to do it perfectly because to do anything less would render them a failure.
The drive to do things perfectly, when living with high functioning anxiety, is different. It’s driven from the fear of disappointing others, the need to over deliver, the negative diatribe that occurs in our brains, and the constant ongoing list of things to do and people to please. While the perfectionism is manifested differently the results are the same: not being able to settle for anything less than absolute perfect at all times in all ways.
You Live With Physical Pain: So many times the anxiety that we live within our minds, manifests itself as pain in its physical forms. Typical pain that can be tied to high functioning anxiety includes headaches, neck pains, shoulder discomfort, and even knots in the stomach. Specifically, if medical reasons and rational have been ruled out it’s highly likely that the actual cause is high functioning anxiety.
I want to advise you that typically high functioning anxiety occurs on a spectrum. These are just the top five common symptoms.
You don’t need to have all five, or even any of these five, in order to struggle with high functioning anxiety. If you suspect that you are living with this, please reach out and get some support. There are tons of techniques and tools out there that will allow you to find the support that will help you to navigate this more effectively.
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