What You Need To Know About High-Functioning Anxiety
November 17, 2022
High-functioning anxiety is a term used to describe people who seem to be high-achieving and successful but also experience anxiety symptoms that can interfere with their quality of life.
People with high-functioning anxiety often feel like they have to be perfect, and they may put a lot of pressure on themselves to achieve their goals. They may also have difficulty relaxing and may constantly be on the go.
How is high-functioning anxiety diagnosed?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience at different times in our lives. For some people, anxiety can become so overwhelming that it interferes with their daily lives. When this happens, it may be diagnosed as an anxiety disorder.
There are many different types of anxiety disorders, and each one has its own set of symptoms. Some people with anxiety disorders may have just one type, while others may have multiple types.
High-functioning anxiety is one type of anxiety disorder. People with high-functioning anxiety may seem like they have everything under control, but inside they feel like they're constantly on edge. They may worry about things that other people consider trivial, and they may have difficulty relaxing.
Although there is no one test that can diagnose high-functioning anxiety, there are certain criteria that doctors and mental health professionals use to make a diagnosis. These include:
1. Excessive anxiety that is out of proportion to the situation.
2. Anxiety that interferes with everyday activities.
3. A feeling of being constantly on edge.
4. Difficulty relaxing.
5. Difficulty sleeping.
6. Muscle tension.
8. Gastrointestinal problems.
10. Rapid heartbeat.
If you think you may have high-functioning anxiety, talk to your doctor or mental health professional. They can help you determine whether your symptoms are due to anxiety or another condition.
How is high-functioning anxiety different from other types of anxiety?
People with high-functioning anxiety may not appear to be anxious. They may be successful in their careers and have a large social network. They may also be able to maintain their day-to-day activities, even when feeling anxious.
However, underneath the surface, people with high-functioning anxiety may be struggling. They may constantly worry about things that other people consider to be minor. They may also have a hard time relaxing and may be easily irritable.
People with high-functioning anxiety may not realise that they have a problem. This is because their anxiety doesn't seem to interfere with their lives. However, constant worry and stress can take a toll on their mental and physical health.
How to cope with high-functioning anxiety?
High-functioning anxiety can be exhausting and can take a toll on both your mental and physical health. But there are ways to cope with high-functioning anxiety. Here are some tips:
1. Identify your triggers. What are the things that trigger your anxiety? Once you know what they are, you can avoid them or be prepared for them.
2. Learn to relax. This may sound easier said than done, but finding ways to relax your mind and body is essential. You can do this through meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or any other activity that helps you to feel calm.
3. Connect with others. Social interaction can help to take your mind off of your anxiety, and it can also help you to feel supported. Spend time with family and friends, or join a support group for people with high-functioning anxiety.
4. Seek professional help. If your anxiety is severe or you're struggling to cope, it's vital to seek professional help. A therapist can help you to understand and manage your anxiety.
High-functioning anxiety can be challenging to deal with, but it's important to remember that you're not alone. There are ways to cope with anxiety and find relief.
High-functioning anxiety is a real and serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person's life. If you think you may be suffering from high-functioning anxiety, it is essential to seek professional help. A qualified mental health professional can assess your symptoms and help you develop a treatment plan.
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