Anxiety is more common than you think. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, general anxiety disorder (GAD) affects about 6.8 million adult Americans each year. You could be seemingly living a normal life, but these subtle signs you have an anxiety disordermight suggest otherwise.
If you're always worried about what people think, you constantly feel like you need to take on more responsibility when everyone around you tells you that you're already always so busy, or you feel self-conscious all the time, it might be time to take a moment to consider whether these signs are indicating that you have some form of anxiety. Keep in mind that there are many different types of anxiety disorders, from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) to GAD. Though high-functioning anxiety isn't an official diagnosis, many people suffer from it and deal with it in their own way. Know that anxiety is different from stress and, according to The Mighty, there are ways to tell them apart.
If you're worried you might be suffering from anxiety, it's important to speak up about it and seek help if needed. If you find yourself saying yes to a lot of these, but always considered yourself a normal, albeit slightly high strung person, it's possible you might have some form of high-functioning anxiety. Finding your triggers, from pregnancy hormones to coffee consumption, can help you better cope with your anxiety. Also know that you're not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety can happen at any stage in life, and women are 60 percent more likely to suffer from it.