9 Little Bedtime Habits That Are Actually Signs Of High-Functioning Anxiety

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When I was in high school, I suddenly stopped being able to go to sleepovers. It wasn't 'til I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder as an adult that I realized my inexplicable yet paralyzing fear at the idea of sleeping anywhere other than my own home was likely due to my anxiety. As I've gotten older, I've realized I have tons of bedtime habits that are actually signs of high-functioning anxiety, and they're likely shared by folks out there who may not be aware they're caused by anxiety.

Dr. Gin Love Thompson, a psychotherapist, told Bustle earlier this month that high-functioning anxiety has become a "pop-psychology term used by people who experience more than moderate levels of anxiety symptoms, but have either not attempted to seek treatment or have not been properly diagnosed by a mental health professional as having a diagnosable anxiety disorder." Thompson added that, "The danger here is that just because you are 'functioning,' even with a high level of success, while experiencing moderate to high levels of anxiety does not mean it is a healthy state of living. And beyond potentially endangering your health, it is most probably reducing the quality of your daily life, work and relationships."

If you're not sure that your nighttime habits could be due to anxiety, understanding what's happening under your brain's hood, particularly if you're high-functioning, can be difficult, especially if you don't experience typical symptoms of anxiety. Here are a few bedtime habits that may indicate you've got high-functioning anxiety.