Anxiety makes your life a living hell. It keeps you stressed at all times regarding very meager matters. It forces you to stay awake with worry, breaking out into a sweat about something that’s hardly important.
It’s not true that all introverts suffer from anxiety. Extroverts and ambiverts may also have it. Introversion means a liking for peaceful, calm environments. Anxiety, however, refers to overwhelming fear, nervousness, and tension. However, Dr. Laurie Helgoe says that introverts are more prone to anxiety attacks than others.
Anxiety is not always explicit. Some also suffer from high functioning anxiety which means they seem completely normal and healthy from the outside but internally they are probably very fearful. In many cases, the people themselves do not realize it.
It’s very common and 6.8 million adults in the U.S suffer from it, women twice as more in danger than men. The concept is similar to Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
These 15 signs will help you identify high-functioning anxiety.
1. Prepared at all times
Highly pessimistic and nervous, you always assume the worst out of everything. To others, it seems you are very responsible and mature but they miss the hints of anxiety in your behavior. You go overboard regarding packing or preparing for everything since you make up ten different terrible outcomes in every situation.
2. Calm appearance
These people are very good at hiding their fear or tension. This is why this condition is also known as secret anxiety. No matter how terrified they are, they will appear nonchalant to others, as they have trained themselves that way.
3. Very different perception of the world
People with anxiety have a different world view, say researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. They fail to understand the differences between safe and unsafe situations and thus associate everything with a high degree of emotional tension.
4. You need to be busy always
Keeping oneself busy is an effective way to distract yourself from anxiety and feeling safe. Although for introverts it’s very tough as they need to rest in order to power up, yet they feel the urge to be engaged with something to have some semblance of order and control in their lives.
5. Superficial Success
You might be successful and career driven, workaholic and sincere but none of your accomplishments make you satisfied.
6. You’re afraid of letting others down
You go out of your way to please others. Disappointing others is a terrifying concept to you and so you overwork to satisfy others, by breaking yourself in the process.
7. You ramble when nervous
Being an introvert you enjoy calm and quiet but when you are stressed, you can’t help rambling. This is why people often feel you are an extrovert.
8. You avoid conflicts
You avoid stepping out of your routine or familiarity and you stay away from anything that might trigger you and therefore have constricted your existence. Hence you only surround yourself with things that make you feel relaxed and safe.
9. You always overthink
You can’t stop negativity from seeping into your mind and influencing your decisions and you let your flaws and faults overpower you, letting it choke you with fear as you always assume the worst. Your mind kicks into overdrive regarding the smallest issues.
10. You want everything to be perfect
The only way you keep yourself under control and calm is by making sure your life and appearance are always immaculate. It surely impresses others and makes you a role model but it also has some problems. Chasing these unnecessarily high standards will make you even more stressed and you’ll fail to be happy with your achievements. It will instill within you an intense fear of failure.
11. You suffer from certain habits and pains
Anxiety can even express itself outwardly in the form of muscle pains and involuntary body movements. You might even indulge in bad habits like biting nails, scratching scalp and others to control your nervousness.
12. You’re always exhausted
Since you’re always overthinking and stressing, it makes you tired and restless. A tired mind means zero proper sleep and thus the fatigue never goes away. Even proper sleep doesn’t help much as dealing with anxiety throughout the day is a huge toll on you.
13. You’re easily caught off guard
Anything sudden or unexpected rattles you easily because you’re always nervous and scared.
14. You’re always antsy and angry
Being perennially exhausted, stressed and overworked is too much pressure emotionally and physically. Therefore slightest inconveniences really piss you off.
15. It’s not easy to end it
It’s not possible to stop being anxious whenever we want to. Research says people with anxiety have different brains and that’s why it’s not easy to control anxiety issues. However, there are ways to deal with it.