What is High-Functioning Anxiety?

High-functioning anxiety is not a medical diagnosis, but it is an increasingly common issue that’s being talked about by Forbes, US News & World Report, the Cleveland Clinic, and even the meditation app Headspace

So, what is high-functioning anxiety?

On the outside, a person might appear to have it all together all the time:

✅ High-Achieving

✅ Perfectionistic

✅ Busy & In Control

✅ Meeting Deadlines

✅ Detail Oriented

✅ Organized & Productive

✅ People Pleasing

✅ Seemingly Confident

BUT….with high-functioning anxiety, the outward success comes at a cost of inner turmoil:

🤯 Constant Worry

🤯 Overthinking

​​🤯 Harshly Self-Critical

🤯 Restless & Irritable

🤯 Fear the Worst will Happen

🤯 Feeling Stressed

🤯 Overextended

🤯 Can’t say No

🤯 Mental & Physical Fatigue

Is it worth it??

Even though a little bit of anxiety can drive action and success, too much can take a toll on the body and mind.

That’s why people with high-functioning anxiety struggle not only with constant worry but also things like insomnia, muscle tension, racing heartbeat, exhaustion, and mood swings.

The thing about high-functioning anxiety is that it is very much an INNER struggle. Nobody would ever know on the outside, and the symptoms don’t meet the criteria for an anxiety diagnosis.

We’ll be following up with a series of posts to dive deeper into this idea of high-functioning anxiety. We’ll look at some underlying causes and some tips for easing the inner angst (while still staying productive and successful).

Reach out, —have you heard of high-functioning anxiety before? Can you relate?