Huffington Post – 10 Things Only People With High-Functioning Anxiety Will Understand

Anxiety can manifest in various ways, whether through panic attacks, mood swings or bouts of intense rumination. It can also cloak itself in procrastination and irritability, with sufferers often wrestling in silence.

Huffington Post set out to understand people who suffer quietly but are functioning well, and asked me to weigh in. I was pleased to help out with this great piece.

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“Understanding that a key way of managing anxiety is to take control, people with high-functioning anxiety tend to be planners and list-makers,” Clark said. “In staying on top of things, they can keep their anxiety in motion, which helps them live their life optimally.”

But because you constantly expect yourself to go the extra mile in every area of your life, these lists and schedules can be more grueling than is reasonable, Clark added. As your anxiety builds and fatigue sets in, you might find yourself prioritizing your time in the form of avoidance or flaky behavior, which can exacerbate your anxiety even more.

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Alicia H Clark, PsyD