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High-Functioning Anxiety Symptoms, Causes and Prevention [Video]

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There is no recognized mental health diagnosis for high functioning anxiety. Rather, it has evolved as a catch-all word for persons who suffer from anxiety but identify as doing quite well in several aspects of their lives.

If you have high functioning anxiety, you’ve probably noticed that your anxiety pulls you ahead rather than paralyses you. On the surface, you appear to be a successful, well-organized, and calm Type A personality who excels at business and in life. The way you feel on the inside, on the other hand, may be extremely different.

Anxiety disorders affect around 19% of adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Some people may consider themselves to be “high functioning” but it’s difficult to tell how many suffer from this form of anxiety.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Diseases (DSM-5) does not accept high-functioning anxiety as a diagnosis because it is …