There are quite a few personality traits common among people who suffer from anxiety, as well as a few traits that can make anxiety worse. It can easily become a question of "which came first?" But when treating the underlying cause of anxiety, all that really matters is that you notice which traits are working for you — and which ones may be getting in the way of your day-to-day life.
"Many people that suffer from anxiety struggle with one or more or a combination of the traits listed [below] making it difficult to relax and acquire a feeling of balance," Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford, CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group, tells Bustle.
Perhaps you'd describe yourself as a "perfectionist." Or maybe you have an intense need for control. If these personality traits start interfering with your life, it can help to adjust your outlook, and seek balance through a healthier lifestyle. "However, if this does not work those that struggle with anxiety are encouraged to seek professional services to manage symptoms related or contributing to anxiety," Dr. Bates-Duford says. Here are a few traits that often go hand-in-hand with anxiety to keep an eye on, according to the experts.