When someone has high functioning anxiety, it is often difficult to tell. Similar to my blog post about high functioning depression, I will explain the difference between what you may say vs. what can really be happening.
Some common symptoms can be:
- Fear of failure
- The need to please others
- Dwells on past mistakes
- Worries about future mistakes
- Difficulty expressing emotions
- Physical habits such as nail biting, playing with their hair, shaking, leg shaking, etc.
Seeing these symptoms in someone who has high functioning anxiety can be very difficult. Here are some comparisons on what you might be seeing vs. what can actually be going on: