Dr. Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW spoke with Bustle about habits that suggest you may have high functioning anxiety.
Gnawing on your nails, twirling your hair, biting your lip, and other fidgety behaviors — when done excessively — can point to low levels of anxiety, too.
“These are signs because they all allow our bodies to exert some physical energy and release tension,” licensed psychologist Danielle Forshee, Psy.D, LCSW, tells Bustle. “Anxiety is ridden with feelings of tension and needs to be released. Those who are engaging in these behaviors are oftentimes not conscious of these behaviors, and when they are conscious of these behaviors, they have difficulty discontinuing the behaviors because of the function they provide.”
That’s why, until you address the underlying anxiety — possibly by going to therapy — you may not be able to break these bad habits.
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