Do You Have Social Anxiety?
Are you interested in taking a social anxiety quiz or social anxiety test? If so, I’ve put together a quick tool that you can use to figure out whether social anxiety might be a problem for you.
While a social anxiety test or quiz is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a mental health professional, it can be your first step toward obtaining a diagnosis.
The following quick quiz will help you to discover if what you are experiencing might be symptoms of social anxiety.
I created the social anxiety quiz based on the criteria for diagnosing social anxiety disorder that are listed in the DSM-5, as well as other scales that measure social anxiety such as the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (L-SAS) and Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN).
In addition, I chose the questions based on information provided by the National Institute of Mental Health.
This is a simple test with only six questions so it’s easy to complete. Just make sure you read the instructions below before you get started.
For the purposes of this social anxiety quiz, examples of anxiety symptoms include the following:
- fast heartbeat
- shortness of breath
Now, answer each of the following questions as TRUE or FALSE for you over the past month.
1. Over the past month, have you been afraid to do things in front of others such as eating, drinking or writing because of anxiety symptoms?
2. Over the past month, have you been afraid to perform or speak in front of an audience because of anxiety symptoms?
3. Over the past month, have you been afraid to meet new people, talk to strangers or attend social functions because of anxiety symptoms?
4. Over the past month, have you been afraid to speak to people in authority because of anxiety symptoms?
5. Over the past month, have you been afraid to be the center of attention because of anxiety symptoms?
6. Over the past month, have you been afraid to use a public restroom because of anxiety symptoms?
Understanding Your Social Anxiety Quiz Results
If you answered FALSE for all questions, this means that your symptoms are not consistent with social anxiety disorder. However, you may still want to talk to your doctor about the problems you are experiencing.
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If you answered TRUE to 1 or more questions, this suggests that your symptoms may be consistent with social anxiety disorder. While there are other possible causes for your symptoms, you should contact your doctor for an in-person consultation.
Please note that this social anxiety quiz does not represent a diagnosis.
What to Do With Your Results
If you answered TRUE for one or more of the questions, you should print out this page and take it to your doctor to further evaluate your symptoms.
You can also access a printable checklist of social anxiety symptoms in the resource library by signing up at the bottom of this post.
To sum up, this quiz is based on the known symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
If you are concerned that you meet one or more of the criteria, it’s important to discuss this with someone.
There are effective treatments for social anxiety disorder such as medication and therapy.
However, you can only receive help by talking to your doctor or a mental health professional.
If that step seems to hard or you can’t pick up the phone, try confiding in a friend, family member, or another person whom you trust.
Share your quiz results with that person and ask advice on the best next step to talk.
Be sure to choose someone who you know will show empathy and help you obtain the help you need.
What If You Have Mild Social Anxiety?
If you have one or more TRUE responses but you feel that your social or performance anxiety is mild, it may be something that you can manage on your own through self-help methods such as workbooks and relaxation techniques.
Finally, regardless of your quiz results, if you feel like social or performance anxiety is affecting your daily life, it’s best to reach out to someone.
A social anxiety quiz is just a tool or first step in the process.
What were your results? I’d love to hear how you scored in the comments.