Anxiety can be a debilitating mental illness that can leave us breathless and powerless.
But what if I told you that what seem like your most negative traits could also be your greatest superpowers?
Holistic Anxiety and CBT Therapist Alison Seponara discusses in an Instagram post the 10 positive traits of someone with high-functioning anxiety, saying, There are both positive and negative traits of someone who struggles with high-functioning anxiety.
Here’s what he had to say about the most positive aspects of this difficult condition.
10 Positive Traits Of People With High-Functioning Anxiety
1. An outgoing personality
It may be hard to believe, but those with high-functioning anxiety tend to have an outgoing personality. Yes, sometimes people who smile and laugh a lot may deep down have a lot going on in their mind.
According to psychologist Adam Borland, An individual with high functioning anxiety may appear calm on the outside but feel extremely anxious on the inside.
Borland says the reasoning for this has to do with high-functioning people wanting to mask their anxiety by taking control of situations.
2. Always arrive early or on-time
We all know that one person who always arrives early, or at least on time and maybe youre that person! The need to be proactive comes from individuals with anxiety who are nervous about everyday situations, says the National Institute of Mental Health.
So, even though your anxiety worries you, it also keeps you from being late. Which in the long run can benefit you when it comes to your personal and work life.
3. Active planning
We’ve got to love a planner, and lucky individuals with high-functioning anxiety tend to be the best planners! Whether it’s planning family vacations or the office party, these individuals are always on top of their game!
And lucky for them, their awesome planning tends to pay off in the end, leaving them stress-free with more time to spare (and tend to overthink, if we’re being honest) .
4. Good organizational skills
Although I can admit to being a neat freak at times, but individuals with anxiety can take it to a whole other level. To say that some are “organized” is an understatement.
When you rummage through their closet or bags, you’re likely to find things colored and neatly stacked in alphabetical order if they have this Living-Pinterest-Board flavor of anxiety.
In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Morra Aarons-Mele wrote that some of the most successful people out there tend to deal with high levels of anxiety. And it adds up when you think about how much pressure these individuals have to go through on a daily basis.
Furthermore, according to Karyn Hall, Ph.D. ,High-achieving students suffer from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and delinquent behavior at rates two to three times higher than the national average.
So, the good news is that if you have anxiety, you are probably a high achiever but the bad news is that you can have a flood of other mental illnesses that go along with it. Talk about a double-edged sword.
6. Attention to details
People who are the most detailed tend to have high functioning anxiety. According to psychologist Alicia Clark, In the context of anxiety, detail orientation can easily translate into anxiety, perfectionism, and even obsession.
But not all bad! Clark writes that your proclivity for being detail-oriented will help you in the workforce.
He explains that not only does the quality of your work improve but it can also create a basis for trusting your colleagues. So financially, a win is a win.
Now I can relate to this one! Growing up, the greatest thing my family took pride in was keeping a neat and orderly home. Do people in my family have severe anxiety? I wouldn’t be surprised.
Those with high functioning anxiety tend to be the neatest and cleanest people out there! Imagine cleaning up TikTok and timing that to 10.
8. High energy
Those with high-functioning anxiety need to release nervous energy somewhere. And what better way to do this than by hitting the gym? You may not know it, but this trait can help your anxiety a lot.
According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, regular exercise works as well as medication for some people to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
So, not only do you get your dream body, but you also save on medication!
Individuals with high functioning anxiety are probably the most useful individuals ever! Do you need help moving your furniture around at one oclock in the morning? Your high-functioning bestie has your back!
And guess what? Being a helpful individual has been linked to many benefits.
A study conducted by Allan Luks, author of The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, found that volunteering and giving to charity helps reduce stress, improve physical and emotional health and we want to see that!
Nothing is more important than honesty and high performers know it better than anyone. People who suffer from high-functioning anxiety tend to be overly committed in relationships, says licensed professional counselor and high-functioning anxiety expert Nancy Jane Smith.
So, if you are dating someone who is very anxious, congratulations they are probably the most honest person in your life. And if you’re a highly anxious person, pat yourself on the back, it’s something to be proud of!
While these things may seem like superpowers, they are only one side of the double-edged sword of high-functioning anxiety.
Seponara wrote, The truth is, that people with HFA put on a show most of the time and always feel very anxious. An HFA person can seem calm, composed, and have it all together. But that’s not the whole picture.
If anxiety symptoms are causing you anxiety, it is important to seek help from a qualified professional.
Marielisa Reyes is a writer with a bachelor’s degree in psychology covering self-help, relationships, career, and family topics.
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