High-functioning Anxiety: What is It?

Overthinking is among the most signs and symptoms of high-functioning anxiety.


Perfectionism is the pursuit of flawlessness and setting high, often unrealistic, standards for oneself.


High-function anxiety people may tend to feel an intense need to control their environment and the people in it.

Need for control

Feeling on edge or restlessness can manifest as a general sense of unease, agitation, pacing, or fidgeting.

Restlessness or feeling on edge

Fatigue or exhaustion is another common physical symptom of high-functioning anxiety.

Fatigue or exhaustion

Research has shown that high-function anxiety can cause muscle tension due to the “fight or flight” response, where the body prepares for a perceived threat by tightening muscles.

Muscle tension or headaches

Digestive issues such as stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation have also been linked to high-functioning anxiety.

Digestive issues