10 signs you might have high-functioning Anxiety.
When you don't qualify for an anxiety disorder, but you know it's still there.
High-functioning anxiety is not actually a recognised mental health diagnosis.
You won't be able to find this anywhere in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM-5). This is the guidebook clinicians use to diagnose various mental disorders, like various anxiety disorders.
Rather, high-functioning anxiety is a catch-all term that is used to describe people experiencing anxiety, but who can still function reasonably well in life.
In fact, high-functioning anxiety is often observed amongst people who are high-achievers that push themselves to the point of burn-out. If you have high-functioning anxiety, it's probably the case that your anxiety propels you forward, rather than leaves you stuck or frozen in fear.
Nobody but you knows that behind each one of your successes, be it giving a good presentation or delivering a successful business deal, sat an enormous amount of worry. On the outside people see you as a well-functioning successful person, but inside you're a worrying, anxious mess.
Here are 10 signs of high-functioning anxiety disorder.