10 Signs of High Functioning Anxiety
Published – 03/18/2019 12:05 am
Anxiety is a bodily natural response to stress.
When you don’t know what to expect, your anxiety can be triggered. For example, your first day of school, meeting someone, or giving a speech. The fear of feeling judged or not knowing what’s going to happen can trigger feelings of intense anxiety. Some people describe signs and symptoms of anxiety as feelings of nervous or restlessness, sense of panic or doom, having increased heart rate, breathing heavily, sweating, trembling, and so on. The list can range. Personally, when I experience anxiety, I can’t sleep the previous day. Perhaps, that’s what you feel too?
High functioning anxiety isn’t actually considered a mental health diagnosis. Instead, it’s a term many people can relate to when they have anxiety and can still carry out everyday tasks at a functional level. It could be the valedictorian in your class, your coworker who has an exceptionally polished resume, or it might even be you. It’s no surprise that this has become widely relevant when roughly 40 million adults struggle with anxiety. When someone tells you they’re fine or always has a smile plastered on their face, they might actually need your help.