Am I making progress in life or just trying to survive?
High-functioning anxiety is not considered a mental health diagnosis. This is because of those who experience it self-report being able to function reasonably well in life. Furthermore, no discernible behavior changes may be seen by others. Although on the outside it may seem that a person is functioning well, the internal struggle of a person experiencing it can be quite disrupting. Mental health professionals do recognize there can be varying degrees of impairment. They may tell their patient they have “mild anxiety”— mild in the sense that the anxiety may not be expressed externally, in contrast to possible moderate to severe internal manifestations.
How do I know I am experiencing high-functioning anxiety?
Below is a list of some signs/symptoms of high functioning anxiety:
- People-pleasing in order to create an environment that makes me feel safe and less anxious
- I endure long periods of hard work, then experience burnout, then I procrastinate
- I overthink that I am not doing “enough” or I fear failure
- Poor sleep—I don’t sleep enough hours, I wake up and cannot seem to get back to sleep, or I have trouble falling asleep
- Racing thoughts that make it difficult to relax
- Overly busy due to fear of saying no
- I use alcohol and substances to cope
- My anxiety, not ambition, is driving me to complete tasks
- I seem like I have it together, but internally, I am struggling
- When my routine gets disrupted, I get upset
Experiencing this alone can be overwhelming, especially since others may not know you are suffering. This is where therapy comes in. If you need help creating a more manageable life, one where you are living, progressing, and not just “surviving”, please call 201-488-6678 or our website to book an appointment today.