When I first realized I had anxiety four years ago, I didn't quite understand what that meant. I assumed the panic attacks and feelings of depression I'd experienced were just a normal part of life. I thought since I could go through my day-to-day tasks without any major issues, there was no way I could be struggling with anxiety. That was until my friend — who also has anxiety — suggested that I look into the signs of high functioning anxiety and compare them to my personal experience.
According to HuffPost, people with high functioning anxiety can perform well in social situations and still have overwhelmingly negative thoughts about what they are doing. My anxiety, for example, causes me to constantly replay and rework scenarios in my head, long after the account has ended. Doing so keeps me up at night and makes me feel nauseous when I think about the encounter. To the people around me, it always looks like I have it together, but I know how much of a struggle it is to deal with high functioning anxiety. The need to crave perfection and run from things that worry you can be daunting. With help, however, you can find a way to overcome it.
If you're not sure whether you're living with high functioning anxiety, these nine signs may help you figure it out.