High-functioning anxiety: could you unknowingly be dealing with this mental health condition? High-functioning anxiety can cause us to continue taking on outside stress and obligations, even if we're already overwhelmed with what's on our plates. Here's how to spot the signs.
Social media has many positive benefits, but it can also cause us to compare our lives and achievements with that of those we follow. From the holiday we're planned to the job we've got, the millennial lifestyle can sometimes mean we feel where we're at isn't quite good enough.
Alongside this pressure, we also happen to be the generation that's battling with the worst economy, sky-rocketing house prices and plummeting financial security (don't get us started on pensions) - so it's not unexpected that a quarter of young women in the UK are suffering, or have suffered from, anxiety or depression. In recent years the A-word has become a bit of a buzzword, as 20-somethings have started sharing their mental health worries more and "Despite problems with anxiety, they are high achievers or function quite well in various aspects of life". But although we're talking about our mental health more than ever, many seemingly high-flying females are in reality grappling to keep up appearances. This is the rise of high-functioning anxiety - an increasingly prevalent condition that many women who appear to have it all are dealing with.
There's most likely someone in your friendship group or sitting by you at work going through it. She's the kind of person who makes the most of her weekday evenings seeing friends, always has a date lined up for Friday night and her Instagram account suggests she's going to the coolest exhibitions and is in the know about the edgiest rooftops/underground bars/new restaurant openings. Plus, she makes it all look a piece of cake. But, in reality, this kind of jam-packed schedule can feel anything but fun.