Do you feel like you're constantly under pressure? Do you have a hard time relaxing, even when you're alone? If so, you may be suffering from high functioning anxiety. Anxiety is a very common condition that affects millions of people around the world. While there are many different types of anxiety, high functioning anxiety is one of the most difficult to identify and treat. This is because those who suffer from it often appear to be doing well on the outside. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the signs and symptoms of high functioning anxiety, as well as how to get help if you think you may be affected.
It can be difficult to focus when you're worrying all the time. That's one of the symptoms of high functioning anxiety. You might be able to power through and get everything done, but it's not easy. It feels like there's a constant low-level background noise of anxious thoughts and it's hard to tune it out. Even when you're doing something you enjoy, there's a part of your brain that's always on alert, waiting for something to go wrong. It's exhausting and can lead to fatigue which makes it difficult to function.
While some people can power through and get everything done, others struggle to focus through their mental fog which can cause trouble at work or school, as well as missed opportunities in everyday life. For example, you may find yourself forgetting important deadlines or appointments, or you may have trouble completing simple tasks.
Irritability is another symptom of high functioning anxiety. You may find yourself easily overwhelmed by small problems, always feeling like you're on the verge of a nervous breakdown. You may find yourself apologizing frequently for overreacting. You may be finding it difficult to connect to loved ones and friends.
Other symptoms may include difficulty sleeping or even physical symptoms such as chest pain, sweating, and a racing heart. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor or mental health professional as soon as possible.
If you're struggling high functioning anxiety, know that you're not alone. There are lots of people who deal with this every day. And there are ways to manage it. With some help, you can learn how to better control your anxiety and find some peace of mind. I would love to help you discover ways to deal with the stresses of everyday life in a way that doesn't paralyze or exhaust you. Contact me for a free consultation today.