Who Is This Social Anxiety Quiz For?

This brief assessment is for people who experience anxiety in social situations. Take this quiz to determine if you meet the diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder (social phobia)

The questions listed below relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder.

Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by licensed healthcare professionals. If you’d like to learn more about social anxiety disorder read Psycom’s guide to Social Anxiety Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments.

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren’t legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

How Is Social Anxiety Disorder Treated?

Social Anxiety Disorder is highly treatable often through therapy. More information about treatment is available in our social anxiety overview  article.

Your privacy is important to us. All results are completely anonymous.

Do you feel anxious or panicky before social situations?
Do you fear that you will be negatively evaluated by others when in social situations?
Do you avoid social situations because of fear or anxiety?
Do you avoid situations, or feel uncomfortable, where you do not know people well?
Do you panic when you have to do something in front of others, whether speaking up in a meeting or presenting to a group?
Is it easy to imagine that others are judging you as anxious, weak, crazy, stupid, boring, intimidating, dirty, or unlikeable when you are in a group setting?
When in social situations, do you worry that people will notice you are experiencing anxiety symptoms such as blushing, trembling, sweating, stumbling over your words, or staring?
Are you extremely conscious of your actions when in social settings because you fear they might offend someone or you could be rejected?
Do you experience significant worrying about being in certain social situations which is out of proportion to the threat posed by the social situation?
Are your work life, home life, social life, and/or relationships affected by your anxiety?

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Social Anxiety FAQs

How can I be tested for social anxiety?

There is no medical test for social anxiety disorder. A psychiatrist or other mental health professional can make a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder (otherwise known as social phobia) based on your own description of your symptoms, how they occur, and in what situations. Your doctor will use criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to determine if your symptoms warrant a diagnosis.

Where can I get a social anxiety test?

Your healthcare provider is your first point of call to assess whether you might meet the criteria to be diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. Your doctor will do an assessment to determine if your symptoms are caused by any underlying physical health conditions. Your doctor may then refer you to a psychiatrist or a psychologist who specializes in diagnosing anxiety disorders.

How long does it take to get a social anxiety diagnosis?

In order to be diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, you must have been experiencing the symptoms outlined in the DSM-5 for at least 6 months or more. The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria also require ruling out other mental disorders such as panic disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, or autism spectrum disorder. It may therefore take multiple sessions with a mental health professional before they can confidently make a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder.

How will a diagnosis of social anxiety impact a child or family?

The first step to overcoming social anxiety disorder is a formal diagnosis. Once a child is diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, the family may feel relieved that a specific treatment plan can now be put into place to ease the child’s symptoms. Children with social anxiety disorder are typically treated with either behavioral therapy or a combination of behavioral therapy and medication.

Can I self-diagnose social anxiety?

Only a trained mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, can diagnose a mental health disorder like social anxiety. While you cannot self-diagnose, you can take steps to figure out if your symptoms are the result of normal shyness or if they could be something more. Tools like Psycom’s social anxiety disorder quiz are a useful first step to determine if you should seek help from a mental health professional.

Do I have social anxiety or am I just shy?

Social anxiety disorder is a chronic mental health condition in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety. Social anxiety is more than just feeling shy. People with social anxiety have an intense fear of situations where they could be watched, judged, embarrassed, or rejected by others. The symptoms are so extreme that they interfere with the person’s daily routine and prevent them from taking part in ordinary activities.

What triggers social anxiety?

Some events, emotions, or experiences may make it more likely for the symptoms of social anxiety to begin or worsen—these are known as triggers. Some common triggers of social anxiety disorder include meeting new people, attending social events, making small talk, being watched while doing something, etc. Social anxiety triggers can differ from person to person and so working with a mental health professional to identify what your triggers are and how you can react when faced with them can be incredibly helpful.

Does social anxiety ever go away?

For most people, social anxiety disorder will not go away without treatment. It is very important to seek help from a mental health professional if you believe you are experiencing symptoms of social anxiety disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is generally considered the most effective form of treatment for social anxiety. CBT is a form of therapy that enables you to identify negative patterns of thought and behavior and change them.

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2021