Anxiety is something that every one of us has felt in varying degrees at different stages of our lives, but some of us experience the problems associated with anxiety on a daily basis. The interesting bit is the fact that even if you do not notice signs you have anxiety issues, you may very well be suffering from a hidden anxiety disorder. As made evident by the term “hidden,” it’s harder to detect this form of anxiety in a person, so today we will discuss five habits which people with concealed anxiety usually display.
Overreaction to Failures
If someone you know (or you yourself) overreacts to failure, it probably means that he/she is suffering from hidden anxiety about their social perception, social judgment, and performance. Common reactions that indicate such problems include a dramatic overreaction on receiving the news and seeking solitude for days after. Other reactions such as complete silence, a change in attitude for days after, etc., can also be observed, and they mean the same thing.
Fear of Risks
As stated in the previous point, people with concealed anxiety about social judgment and perception are usually afraid of failure and since taking a risk always leaves a chance for failure open, they will try to avoid it at all costs. The fear of experiencing embarrassment, disappointment, and frustration keeps them from taking almost any risks, and that can lead to an unfulfilled life.
Prone to Criticizing Others
If you know someone who often criticizes others, it could be a sign that the person is suffering from anxiety inside. Not only will they criticize others, but they will likely criticize themselves a lot too because they have high standards for those around them and, most of all, for themselves.
Insistence on Maintaining Constant Order
Do you start to freak out every time things get out of order? If so, then there’s anxiety at work here. The notion and representation of things maintained in timely and orderly fashion calms people with anxiety down and if someone is putting in an abnormal amount of effort in keeping even the tiniest of details in order, that person is likely suffering from anxiety inside.
Unwillingness to Forge New Relationships
It’s particularly true if the relationship in question is a personal one, but it applies to business relationships as well. Past experiences and fear of embarrassment and rejection might make people avoid new acquaintances altogether. Although they don’t always know it, deep inside, they are afraid of not being able to make a good impression or build anything substantial with the person. As one can guess, this can at times be the reason why some people remain single or refuse to get into long-term relationships of any kind.
Just because the anxiety inside the person doesn’t always make public appearances, it doesn’t mean that it’s any less serious than regular anxiety disorders. If you or someone you know exhibits any or all of the habits as mentioned above, it’s time to seek professional counsel because, without help, hidden anxiety can be a truly debilitating disorder.