High-Functioning Anxiety

High-Functioning Anxiety: A Mental Health Disorder that Needs More Attention!

High-functioning anxiety is not recognized as a formal mental health diagnosis – but that doesn’t mean it’s not real. People with this disorder often succeed and appear to have it all together. But inside, they’re struggling with overthinking, worrying and needing reassurance.

If you have been struggling with your mental health, high-functioning anxiety may be the cause.

Let’s learn more about this type of anxiety, what symptoms to look for, and the best treatments.  

What Does High-Functioning Anxiety Look Like?

It’s not easy to tell if a person has it, because the symptoms often manifest in different ways. As one writer points out, people with high-functioning anxiety often exhibit a Type A personality. They excel at work and life, and are achievement-oriented. 

However, these individuals are fighting intrusive thoughts on the inside. Symptoms may include fear of failure, overthinking, and nervous energy. But these people usually don’t realize they have a problem, and rarely seek help. 


Signs and symptoms of high-functioning anxiety are typically less serious than those of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, the symptoms are similar and include: 

  • Excessive anxiety or worry
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep problems 
  • Being overly fatigued 
  • Fear of failure or judgment 
  • Irritability and frustration 
  • Need for perfectionism 
  • Desire to keep busy 

How to Treat High-Functioning Anxiety

This type of anxiety is treated in the same way as other anxiety disorders. The key is to recognize that you need the help. Unfortunately, certain characteristics associated with being high-functioning have probably prevented you from reaching out. 

The best treatments are: 

  • Psychotherapy. Talk therapy can help reduce your anxious thoughts and manage your symptoms more effectively. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is highly effective. 
  • Medication. Medications may also treat high-functioning anxiety, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Finding the right medication can take some trial and error. 

Seeking Treatment for Anxiety Disorders 

It’s important to recognize and treat high-functioning anxiety, otherwise, it can lead to further problems down the road. By getting help for this type of anxiety, you can still be a successful and driven individual, but with a better handle on your internal feelings. 

Awakenings Treatment Center is a place for healing and growth. We offer treatment for anxiety disorders and other mental health problems. As an outpatient rehab, our clients can work on their recoveries while staying connected to their families. To learn more about our outpatient treatment services, contact us today