Anxiety can manifest itself in an individual in many ways. It depends on how you perceive and cope with things that have already happened and are happening in your life. It is tricky to spot any sorts of anxiety symptoms since they are quite similar to each other. But there are a few prominent and identified symptoms that every individual has depending on their type of anxiety.
It is very important to know that high functioning anxiety is not an anxiety disorder recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). It’s just a term to refer to the type of anxiety where an individual appears mentally healthy and successful on the outside but suffers from overwhelming symptoms of anxiety.
Here are a few common symptoms of High-Functioning Anxiety.
Symptoms of High-Functioning Anxiety.
- Sweaty palms.
- Trouble falling asleep at night.
- Constant fatigue, tense muscles and restlessness.
- Difficulty focusing and paying attention in general.
As for treating high-functioning anxiety, it is treated just like other anxiety disorders. What sets this apart from other anxiety disorders is the fact that it is hard to recognize it since the positive lifestyle of a person can mask the negative symptoms of this anxiety. Which makes people often question if they really are anxious or just burnt out.
Best treatment for high-functioning anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or prescription medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) which are commonly used to treat anxiety and depression.
A personal suggestion to treat any anxiety disorder would be to adapt practices in our lives that lets us get in contact with our body and mind. A problem no matter how minute it seems to be needs to be addressed in order to set yourself free from it. As much as anxiety or any mental illness is mentally detrimental it is just as much a detriment to our physical health too. So we must practice things that provide a healthy balance for healing both our mind and body. Examples of such activities that have proven to be helpful for me are most importantly being in touch with the source of our core values such as religion or any sorts of beliefs that lead you into a positive light. Besides that something that has really helped me stay tuned with my mind and body are exercises such as yoga and meditation (cord cutting meditation to be specific). That allows me to understand myself and figure out the root cause of my troubles which helps me find a solution and bring in positivity and strength to deal with what’s to come.
Hope you found this little article insightful. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.