High-Functioning Anxiety . is not a medical or a psychological disorder. It is a condition which is difficult to recognise as the individual living with it may seem productive, organised and calm on the outside.

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High-Functioning Anxiety is not a medical or a psychological disorder. It is a condition which is difficult to recognise as the individual living with it may seem productive, organised and calm on the outside. They seem social. Another reason why it is difficult to recognise this condition is because the anxiety propels the individual forward, resulting in optimal results. It is the anxiety that forces them to stay productive. Characteristics of an individual living with high-functioning anxiety that is considered positive are punctuality, outgoing personality, organisation skills, proactive behaviour, passion, loyalty, among others.

An individual with High-Functioning Anxiety portrays the ‘overachiever’ behaviour to the outside world due to their constant fear of failure and the pressure of being a perfectionist. Other negative characteristics include overthinking that one is not doing ‘enough’, tendency to please people, constant need for reassurance, procrastination followed by over-load of work, inability to say ‘No’, insomnia, among others, fatigue, comparing self to others, among others.

Coping with High-Functioning Anxiety

  1. Seeking professional help.
  2. Following a consistent sleep schedule
  3. Follow a healthy lifestyle
  4. Consciously giving time to one’s mental health
  5. Practising muscle relaxation techniques/breathing exercises to cope
  6. Speaking up about it with a trusted group/social circle