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7 Signs Someone Has High Functioning Anxiety

You may have suspected that someone has high functioning anxiety and this article will give you the 7 signs that your intuition was right about them. Hiding anxious symptoms is a skill that the high-functioning yet anxious person has mastered, unless you know what to look for.

7 SIGNS OF HIGH FUNCTIONING ANXIETY

1. HIGHLY DETAIL-ORIENTED

Someone who has high functioning anxiety is usually hyper focused on the details; planning, organizing, strategizing, and working to make things as perfect as possible. This is because a person with anxiety often feels out of control. The parts of life that they can control then give them a small sense of stability and control over their environment.

2. THINK AHEAD LIKE A CHESS PLAYER

Planning several moves ahead is a key technique of the best chess players, and it’s also a skill of those with high functioning anxiety. Planning is one way to try to manage symptoms of anxiety because the more that can be known, the fewer scary unknowns there are.

3. RISK AVOIDANCE BEHAVIOR

Anything that could be perceived as ‘thrilling’ by the average person is definitely something that someone who has high functioning anxiety would avoid. Risky situations like scary movies or extreme rollercoaster rides are not thrilling to those with anxiety. If you ask an anxious person to meet you after dark, they are likely to suggest a daytime meeting. If you suggest somewhere crowded, they will suggest somewhere with fewer people.

 

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