High Functioning Anxiety, It would Deactivate Your Life5 min read

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What is High Functioning Anxiety

Everyone is at risk of experiencing anxiety at certain occasions, but some people experience this state most of the time, which is a sign of an anxiety disorder characterized by intense, persistent fear and worry about daily situations. This fear or terror which could reach a peak within few minutes, is also known by many as panic attacks.

It is too difficult to control these feelings of anxiety and panic which may become a real danger and can last for a long time.


Percentage of adults in the U.S. who experienced stress in select situations and areas of their life as of February 2017

In February 2017, a statistic was made in the US and showed the percentage of adults who experienced stress in select situations and areas of life.

It was found that 41 percent of respondents experienced stress over financial worries, and this is considered a big ratio.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are many types/examples of anxiety disorders, which are also known as phobias, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorder due to a medical condition, panic disorder, specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder.

Notice that it is normal to have more than one anxiety disorder at the same time.
Regardless of the type of anxiety you have, you should get a treatment as soon as possible.

High Functioning Anxiety Symptoms

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The symptoms of high functioning anxiety may start during childhood and continue to adulthood. There are many common anxiety signs and symptoms including:


  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense most of the time.
  • Having an increased heartbeat rate ( without having any heart problem)
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation) when being worried about simple issues.
  • Sweating, trembling, feeling weak or tired.
  • Having troubles in sleeping comfortably.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Working hard to avoid the urge that triggers anxiety all the time.
  • Finding it difficult to think or concentrate on anything.
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems.


High Functioning Anxiety Causes

The causes of high functioning anxiety are still not clear, but there are some experiences which trigger anxiety disorders in people who are already prone to anxiety.

Such experiences include:

1- Medical causes

For some people, anxiety may be linked to a medical problem including:

Heart diseases, respiratory disorders, drug abuse or withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal, diabetes, thyroid problems, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, rare tumors, etc.
Furthermore, anxiety can be caused by anti-anxiety medications (like benzodiazepines) or it may appear as a side effect of certain medications.
2- Trauma

People, especially children, who witnessed abuse or trauma are at risk of developing an anxiety disorder.

3- Stress due to an illness

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Being stressed and worried about a certain health condition or illness can cause severe anxiety.

4- Stress buildup

Your stress may begin with being worried about smaller stressful life situations like a death in the family, work stress or something related to finance. Then the worry builds up and becomes a serious health problem.

5- Personality

Some people are just more prone to anxiety disorders than others due to their personality.

There are also some other causes like depression, having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder, drugs or alcohol addiction, etc.

High Functioning Anxiety Complications
Having an anxiety disorder may be dangerous as it may lead to more than making you worried. It may cause serious physical or mental consequences like:


  • Depression.
  • Social isolation.
  • Problems in acting normally in school or work.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Insomnia or sleeping troubles.
  • Digestive or bowel problems.
  • Headaches and chronic pain.
  • Suicide.



The Need To See A Doctor
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Few conditions may suggest that you need to see your doctor and find a solution for your anxiety. Such conditions include:

  • Worrying too much about everyday activities.
  • Feeling depressed and thinking of alcohol or drug as a solution.
  • Thinking of committing suicide
  • Being upset and unable to control your anxiety.
  • Being unable to be happy or trust anyone.


Bear in mind that there is a big chance that your worries may not just go away on their own, but instead, they may get worse by time.

Therefore, consult your doctor before things get worse because it is much better to treat high functioning anxiety by getting help early.



How To Deal With Anxiety at Work

what is high functioning anxiety

In the United States, many statistics showed that more than 18  percent of people, children and adults are affected by anxiety. Some of those are stuck in their place, because of anxiety, while others are boosted by it.

Yes, people who suffer from high functioning anxiety are most often masking their symptoms in overdoing, overthinking, and overperforming.

With high-functioning anxiety, you won’t enjoy your success as it will always be accompanied with fear. Even if you worked hard and made incredible achievements, you won’t be happy or proud as the anxious part of your brain would scrutinize, criticize, and patronize you.

Although predicting anxiety disorders is something impossible, there are certain tips to reduce the impact of the causes which lead to anxiety disorders including:


  • Get help as early as possible.
  • Stay active and participate in social activities to have fun and feel good about yourself.
  • Consult your doctor for any severe symptom of anxiety.
  • Interact with others and make caring relationships to lessen your worries.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking drugs to distract yourself. If you are already addicted to any of these substances, seek help to quit.
  • Understand the causes of your anxiety like some past experiences then try to face and overcome the situation.
  • Reconnect with your body by doing some physical and mental sports (for example, try yoga).
  • Have a mantra, and use it every day to empower yourself, give yourself an opportunity to practice self-care and to cope with anxiety at the same time.
  • Learn how to moderate your own emotions and behavior instead of letting anxiety control you.
  • Telling others what is happening with you is the most difficult so create a supporting squad of people who have the same problem and share your problems and feelings with them.

Use the above skills at work or at home or out with friends to control your anxiety.

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