A Comprehensive Guide To High Functioning Anxiety

The fast pace of today’s society is hard to keep up. With the rising competition, stress has become a part of our life that we dread the most. Depression is the result of stress, and no matter how hard you try to ignore your negative thoughts, depression has a way of creeping up to you.

The most common symptom of anxiety is depression. Everyone experiences it, whether it occurs while studying for a test or going to the doctors for a visit. It occurs in more than one way; panic attacks, mood swings, and ruminations. 


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Having a hard time doing the day-to-day task but still forcing your lifestyle on yourself while feeling distressed and not knowing what exactly is going on with you is a form of high functioning anxiety. High expectations from your life put you under unwanted pressure.

If the following timeline on high functioning anxiety starts sounding like your memoir, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Overthinking is your friend


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‘Making a mountain out of a mole’ is your favorite involuntary hobby. Overthinking is not just worrying about situations but something more profound than that. Your mind is full of negative thoughts. Even when you’re physically exhausted, you can’t stop your brain. 

You have an image to keep up, and every fiber of your being is trying to hold onto it. Overthinking leads to anxiety, which comes real to the phrase ‘it’s all in your head.’ Your brain goes through frenzies that you can’t keep pace with, but the tension doesn’t crack you.

Effect On Your Relationships


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Although it seems like people with high functioning anxiety lead a normal life, a lot of struggles hide beneath their facade. Some might call you a people pleaser because you struggle with acceptance, which affects your relationships. You cannot seem to catch a break from your thoughts, and it’s hard to explain.

You’re super loyal and might ignore red flags because of your need for validation for everything, but your racing mind knows no limits. Sometimes your need for validation and success may seem like a flashy behavior to others, but under those achievements, your anxiety surrounds you like black clouds. 

Nervous Habits


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High functioning anxiety mostly gives rise to nervous habits. These include biting your lips, playing with your hair or ear, and rubbing your neck.

These uncanny habits might also include showing up early to meetings or procrastination. These are the habits you project in secret because you don’t want to seem like someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

A Deep Success Story

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High functioning anxiety doesn’t hold you back from achieving what you want. Instead, it puts you in situations that you didn’t quite think through, but you end up pulling it off anyway. 

Stressful situations may induce sensitivity in you that often embarrasses you. High functioning anxiety may propel you to achieve great things. But if you are suffering from this disorder, you have a lot of deep dark thoughts that others have no clue.

Positive Characteristic

People with high functioning anxiety are mainly successful. With what seems like ‘impossible to achieve’ to others might be one of your quests. You can’t back down from a task you decided to do even if it may appear hard because you put immense pressure on yourself. What started with just something you did for yourself has become a way for people to judge you.

Super-punctual with an outgoing personality is also your characteristic. Wanting everything organized and tidy, and your attention to detail may project you as a passionate person.

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