Friends and family asked: Was I breastfeeding? Was he was a good sleeper? Just how much was I was enjoying being a mom to this “little survivor?” Even my husband, who, after years of being married to a clinical psychologist has developed a very intuitive mindedness, wanted to focus on the positive, and never look back.
In many ways, high-functioning anxiety is the same as any other type of anxiety, in terms of the way it feels. But one of the key differences is that sufferers are able to tamp it down, hide it, or find a way to use it to their advantage. In the process, it can start to feel like it's not a problem. But that's one of the things therapists want us all to know about high-functioning anxiety — it's still a mental health issue.
I would absolutely advise someone struggling with depression to try and confide in close family or friends who they know will be supportive. Then I would say find a therapist! Ask around, do some research and if that feels overwhelming ask a trusted physician or other health/wellness provider for recommendations.
The American Psychiatric Association describes avoidant personality disorder as having significant impairments in how someone sees themselves — which leads to low self-esteem, extreme sensitivity to criticism, and reluctance to get involved with people unless they know that they will be liked. And while it's not a totally common condition, it does impact around one percent to two percent of the population.