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What High Functioning Anxiety Feels Like

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Welcome to our session on high-functioning anxiety. Today, we will delve into the complexities of high-functioning anxiety and explore how it can manifest through various traits and behaviors prevalent in the workplace. By the end of this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of the symptoms, causes, and possible treatments for high-functioning anxiety.

Traits of High-Functioning Anxiety in the Workplace

High-functioning anxiety can often appear in individuals who exhibit certain traits that are valued in the workplace, such as:

  • Attention to Detail: Individuals with high-functioning anxiety may display an excessive need to ensure that every detail is perfect, leading to heightened anxiety when things don't go as planned.

  • Punctuality: They may feel a compulsive need to always be on time or even ahead of schedule, fearing the negative consequences of being late.

  • Perfectionism: Striving for perfection in their work, they experience intense anxiety over making mistakes or falling short of their own high standards.

  • Organizational Skills: They may be known for their impeccable organizational skills, but this can sometimes be driven by an underlying fear of chaos and loss of control.

Symptoms of High-Functioning Anxiety

While individuals with high-functioning anxiety may appear successful and accomplished on the surface, they often grapple with a range of internal struggles, including:

  • Constant Worry: They experience persistent worry and apprehension about various aspects of their life, including work performance and future outcomes.

  • Physical Symptoms: High-functioning anxiety can manifest in physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, stomachaches, and difficulty sleeping.

  • Internal Pressure: They may place immense pressure on themselves to excel in all areas of their life, leading to heightened stress and burnout.

Causes of High-Functioning Anxiety

High-functioning anxiety can stem from a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. It may be influenced by a history of familial anxiety, chronic stress, or a predisposition to perfectionism. In the workplace, factors such as high expectations, tight deadlines, and a competitive environment can also contribute to the development of high-functioning anxiety.

Possible Treatments and Strategies

Recognizing and addressing high-functioning anxiety is crucial for maintaining mental well-being in the workplace. Some potential treatments and strategies to consider include:

  • Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help individuals reframe negative thought patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms for managing anxiety.

  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Encouraging mindfulness practices and meditation can assist in reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm amidst workplace pressures.

  • Self-Care Practices: Emphasizing the importance of self-care, such as regular exercise, adequate rest, and setting boundaries, can help individuals manage their anxiety effectively.

How October Can Help

At October, we understand the importance of addressing mental health challenges in the workplace. Our digital group sessions and content about mental health provide valuable resources for individuals dealing with high-functioning anxiety. Through our assessments, individuals can gain insight into their anxiety levels and access tailored support. Additionally, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers confidential support and counseling services to help employees navigate their mental health concerns in the workplace.


High-functioning anxiety can present unique challenges in the workplace, and it's essential to recognize the signs and offer support to those who may be experiencing it. By understanding the traits, symptoms, and potential treatments for high-functioning anxiety, employers and employees can work together to cultivate a mentally healthy work environment and support the well-being of all individuals.

Remember, it's okay to reach out for help and prioritize your mental health, especially in a professional setting where the pressure to excel can be particularly intense. Together with October, we can foster a culture of understanding and support for mental health in the workplace.

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