Social Anxiety Test
Signs and symptoms of social anxiety
Social anxiety (social phobia) means that a person gets anxious when he or she is at the center of other people's attention. There is an intense fear of being watched and judged, due to the perceived risk of humiliation and embarrassment. Social anxiety often starts during school or at puberty when certain social demands increase, but already in the sandbox some children are more timid than normal towards strangers.
Social anxiety is not the same as just being shy, nervous before a speech or having stage fright. People suffering from social anxiety experience these types of feelings more often and in extreme ways, in most cases, the feeling is intense and unbearable. Just thinking about social situations may be so frightening and filled with anxiety, that you often will go to any lengths to avoid them.
Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of social anxiety:
Emotional symptoms of social anxiety
Physical symptoms of social anxiety
Social anxiety can affect your whole life, avoiding social situations to an extent that limits your activities and disrupts your life. It can hinder you from finding a job, since that often involves meeting new people, working in groups and talking to people over the phone. Even studying might be frightening, since it often involves working in groups and holding presentations. The anxiety can also mean difficulty in getting to know new people and starting relationships. Many people with social phobia, therefore, live alone or with a dominant partner.
Further reading: Overcome your social anxiety with online therapy.
This social anxiety test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
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