The signs of High-Functioning Anxiety may vary from positive to negative:
The Positive Signs of High-Functioning Anxiety
- You are successful at your work.
- Outwardly, you appear calm.
- You plan ahead for all scenarios.
- You have an outgoing personality (happy, tells jokes, smiles, laughs.)
- You are always on-time or early for appointments.
- You are well-organised (always making lists.)
- You have an active lifestyle.
- You are detail-oriented.
- You are a high achiever.
- You are orderly, neat and tidy.
- You are passionate.
- You are helpful.
- You are loyal.
The Negative Signs of High-Functioning Anxiety
- You are a people-pleaser (fear of driving people away or of letting others down.)
- You are inclined to talk a lot (nervous chatter.)
- You have nervous habits (knuckle cracking, playing with hair.)
- Needs to do repetitive actions (i.e. counting or tapping)
- You tend to overthink situations.
- You require reassurance (asking the same questions multiple times.)
- Procrastination followed by long periods of cramming work.
- You tend to avoid eye contact.
- You dwell on the negative (creating what if-scenarios.)
- You find it hard to say No.
- You have a constantly overloaded schedule.
- You are always busy.
- Insomnia (you can’t fall asleep, or you wake up too early.)
- You have racing thoughts.
- Others think that you are unemotional.
- You don’t enjoy the moment because you are expecting the worst.
- You feel intimidated by the future.
- You compare yourself to others but think you fall short of expectations.
- You are mentally tired.
- You are physically exhausted.
- You may have the potential for alcohol or substance abuse as an unhealthy way to cope.
Please, consider seeing a Mental Health Professional if your anxiety results in these issues:
- It interferes with your productivity,
- It negatively impacts your overall quality of life,
- It interferes with your relationships, or
- It makes you feel that you are “just surviving” instead of thriving.