January 14, 2024 · Anxiety Disorders · Pothos Health AI

Understanding High Functioning Anxiety: Signs and Treatment

Gain a deeper understanding of high functioning anxiety. Learn the signs and explore treatment options in this insightful article from our Dallas-based mental health experts.

Woman screeming with hands over ears showing signs of high functioning anxiety

High-functioning anxiety isn't a recognized mental health diagnosis; instead, it's a term frequently used to describe those living with anxiety while remaining highly functional in certain life areas, like work and relationships. However, this seeming functionality doesn't negate the struggle and distress of living with anxiety.


Recognising High-Functioning Anxiety

Unlike typical anxiety, individuals with high-functioning anxiety are often adept at managing daily activities and maintaining a successful appearance. Signs of high-functioning anxiety may include excessive worry, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and sleep issues. On the outside, individuals may appear perfectly normal, and even overly bold or ambitious.


Therapeutic Approaches for High-Functioning Anxiety

Common treatments for high-functioning anxiety include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and in some cases, medication. Mindfulness techniques, relaxation therapy, and lifestyle changes can also support managing the symptoms. Remember, you don't have to face this alone - seeking help is a critical step toward better mental wellness. Visit our individual therapy sessions page to find more support and resources for managing high-functioning anxiety.

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