We’ve all heard of the crippling effects that anxiety can have over our lives; phobias are based on anxiety and can cause someone to avoid completing daily tasks. Social anxiety can cause a person to avoid eating or speaking in front of others, and generalized anxiety can leave us with our thoughts racing, palms sweaty, light-headed, and more. Many people believe that if they can complete their daily tasks, there is no “problem”. “I’m managing just fine,” or “I could be a lot worse” are just a few phrases that maybe you’ve said to yourself or someone you love has said to avoid seeking treatment. While these reasons may seem logical at the time, you need to consider the fact that you may have high functioning anxiety.
Okay – high functioning anxiety may not be an “official” diagnosis, but it should be. Many people out there are managing daily functions while dealing with the overwhelming anxiety that overshadows every move. Women’s Health claims that if you have high functioning anxiety, you likely attempt perfection in almost everything you do – setting unrealistic expectations of yourself is often paired with the fear of not reaching those expectations. Similarly, you may desire to oversee things because it gives you a sense of control over your life.
Allure pinpoints that you may appear to have things “together”, but your personal life may be a little more chaotic because you’re winding down from all the anxiety of making sure everything runs smoothly in all aspects of life. One person described their experience with high functioning anxiety on The Mighty:
“Overthinking everything I have done, said, or that I will soon be doing. It’s the type of overthinking that kills me from the inside because it keeps on getting worse minute by minute until I have to tell my brain to stop thinking the worst out of everything.”
Does this sound like you, or do you relate to some of the symptoms mentioned above? If so, don’t worry. There are many people out here that go through the same thing. Thankfully, there are little tips and tricks to help you work through some of these issues. First, seeing a therapist can be highly beneficial for you, so that you can uncover the mysteries of your anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one successful form of treatment that helps you rephrase those thoughts in your mind to become more positive and productive. Additionally, practicing mindfulness can help you to stay calm in the storm of anxiety. Carry on. You’re not alone.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment centers. If you are seeking help, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation. Don’t wait any longer to seek treatment – begin developing the tools you need to succeed today.