High-functioning anxiety: You appear high-functioning on the outside - organized, happy/calm, proactive, punctual, helpful and active. But on the inside you might be overthinking, procrastinating, ruminating, having racing thoughts, or insomnia. Anxiety is the most common mental health issue that faces Americans and it’s very common amongst achievers.
High-functioning depression: This is the same as high-functioning anxiety, such that you don’t appear depressed externally. You perform well, go to work or school, and keep up with your responsibilities or activities. Essentially, you function “almost” normally but are simultaneously experiencing fatigue, lack of motivation, hopelessness, lack of meaning/purpose, or disconnection.
Imposter Syndrome: This is the persistent feeling of not being good enough. You constantly doubt your skills, talents and achievements. Despite competence and capability, you still feel like a fraud. Imposter syndrome is characterized by feelings of inadequacy despite observable success and is quite common amongst perfectionists.
Perfectionism: This is a personality trait characterized by high expectations and standards usually driven by a fear of failure. Perfectionists are highly critical, tend to focus on imperfections and have trouble seeing anything else. If you are a perfectionist, you might have trouble relaxing, difficulty delegating, procrastination tendencies, a rigid mindset, or avoid taking on challenges if you suspect you will fail.