A Self-Test for Social Anxiety Disorder

If you think that you may have Social Anxiety Disorder, complete the following questionnaire (called the Social Phobia Inventory) and score your answers as follows:

0 = Not at all; 1 = a little bit; 2 = somewhat; 3 = very much; 4 = extremely.

  1. I am afraid of people in authority. 0 1 2 3 4
  2. I am bothered by blushing in front of people. 0 1 2 3 4
  3. Parties and social events scare me. 0 1 2 3 4
  4. I avoid talking to people I don t know. 0 1 2 3 4
  5. Being criticized scares me a lot. 0 1 2 3 4
  6. Fear of embarrassment causes me to avoid doing things or speaking to people. 0 1 2 3 4
  7. Sweating in front of people causes me distress. 0 1 2 3 4
  8. I avoid going to parties. 0 1 2 3 4
  9. I avoid activities in which I am the center of attention. 0 1 2 3 4
  10. Talking to strangers scares me. 0 1 2 3 4
  11. I avoid having to give speeches. 0 1 2 3 4
  12. I would do anything to avoid being criticized. 0 1 2 3 4
  13. Heart palpitations bother me when I am around people. 0 1 2 3 4
  14. I am afraid of doing things when people might be watching. 0 1 2 3 4
  15. Being embarrassed or looking stupid are among my worst fears. 0 1 2 3 4
  16. I avoid speaking to anyone in authority. 0 1 2 3 4
  17. Trembling or shaking in front of others is distressing to me. 0 1 2 3 4

Total ______

Add up your scores for all the questions. If they total more than 19, you may be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. If so, bring this questionnaire to your doctor. He/she can talk to you about your symptoms and how they are affecting your life.

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