Scientists have been exploring the effects of anxiety for decades and they have found that besides the commonly shunned-upon negative effects, anxiety indeed does come with a unique set of superpowers too.

Lou Reed once said:

“There’s a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.”

Perhaps anxiety, among other things, comes with a sense of heightened perception. It’s indeed this kind of perception that makes anxiety what it is, but it also comes with the gift of perceiving more acutely than most people. These powers enable those with anxiety to harness levels of perception that most other people don’t possess.

For those people who are actually living with an anxiety disorder, this must seem like a joke. Anxiety is not fun, and on bad days anxious people definitely feel far from super.

There really is no bright or positive side to living with anxiety, and although each sufferer has a different experience and different levels of struggle, they can probably all agree that it is no walk in the park.

However these claims aren’t suggesting that people who are living with anxiety can start flying or suddenly become as strong as superman but rather those who suffer from anxiety or panic disorders may have some pretty superb qualities about them that could be related to their disorder.

Check out some of the things that may be connected to a person’s mental health and also get to know some of the different types and classifications of anxiety that people deal with. It’s more than just a blanket term!

People who live with anxiety have a heightened sense of worry. Although this is often pegged as a bad thing there are actually some cases where this can come in useful.

There have been a few small studies done that suggest that anxiety may have evolved within people the same way intelligence has.

Studies have also shown that people who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder are often associated with high IQ’s.

Dr. Jeremy Coplan, a study researcher of psychiatry at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, explained that although most people tend to view anxiety as a negative thing, it is actually linked to intelligence.

According to Livescience, Copland explained that although anxiety can at times be disabling and the patient’s worries irrational, there are some situations where there actually is a dangerous situation, and that excessive worry becomes useful and adaptive.