Do You Have High Functioning Anxiety?

Most people who live with anxiety are all too aware of the fact.  It’s hard to deny when panic or anxiety attacks strike.  Not everyone with anxiety has the obvious signs, however.  Some people experience a high functioning anxiety, which causes different things to happen.

 

People with high functioning anxiety can appear perfectly calm, but their minds are constantly racing with anxious thoughts.

 

They are often extremely busy, constantly doing something, even unimportant tasks.  “Busy work”.  Yet, they may ignore important tasks, allowing them to get backed up rather than admitting they need help.

 

These people hate to be left alone with their own thoughts.  They keep busy or surround themselves with people.  They also may get lost in TV shows often.

 

So how do you deal with this type of anxiety?

 

You learn to ask for help.  Yes, it’s hard, but you need to do it anyway.  No one can do it all by themselves.  Everyone needs help sometimes!  There’s no shame in asking for help.

 

Get proper rest.  Functioning on not enough sleep is bad for your health as well as anxiety levels.  Being tired makes you even more susceptible to bad anxiety.

 

Take breaks often so you don’t get exhausted.

 

Remind yourself that having anxiety doesn’t mean you’re a failure.  It means you’re human.  It isn’t something of which you need to be ashamed.

 

You also aren’t a failure if you need medication to manage your anxiety.  You wouldn’t feel bad if you needed to take insulin to manage diabetes would you?  Then why feel bad for needing anti anxiety medication?  Illness often requires medication, whether the illness is physical or mental.

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6 responses to “Do You Have High Functioning Anxiety?

  1. I’m the only one of my family to have emerged from the fog of abuse and when I look at my siblings I see high achievers who are workaholics, sacrificing time with spouses and families to be constantly busy in high-pressure professions. They can do that because they are relatively healthy. But what happens when you have anxiety and feel the need to be constantly busy, but are prevented by poor health and rock-bottom energy levels from doing more than you feel the need to do? You have anxiety on steroids: constant fear of what might happen, seeing disaster at every turn, fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of leaving the house, fear of improbable events, etc. I don’t know which is worse.

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    • That is awful. I’ve seen this with the in-laws, Hubby experienced such horrible anxiety, he went to the ER with chest pain. His one sister had such an awful breakdown she was unable to work for quite some time. Not sure about how she’s doing, but he finally has realized it’s ok not to be busy 24/7 & has become much more balanced.

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  2. I used to be a workaholic but anymore I’m lucky I can even work. I become very easily over stressed and then I lose all focus kind of like I am now.

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