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  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
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Social Anxiety Self-check

This is a screening tool designed to help identify experiences common to social anxiety. It does not consider all experiences of social anxiety or the possible reasons why a person might be having them. This tool is not designed to provide a formal diagnosis of Social Anxiety Disorder. Only a professional can make a diagnosis.

This scale was designed for people 17 and older; if you are under 17 your results may be less accurate. This self-check is not perfect and we advise you to take action and seek help if you are distressed.

Carefully read each of the statements listed below. Decide to what degree each statement is characteristic of you. Try to answer based on your first reaction to the statement. Do not spend too long on any one item.

We will not share your answers or any information about you with anyone. Please see our privacy policy for more information.

Carleton R.N., McCreary D.R., Norton P.J., & Asmundson, G.G. (2006). Brief fear of negative evaluation scale revised. Depression and Anxiety 23, 297–303.

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I identify as
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How old are you?
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I worry about what other people will think of me even when I know it doesn’t make any difference.
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It bothers me when people form an unfavorable impression of me.
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I am frequently afraid of other people noticing my shortcomings.
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I worry about what kind of impression I make on people.
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I am afraid that others will not approve of me.
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I am afraid that people will find fault with me.
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I am concerned about other people’s opinions of me.
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When I am talking to someone, I worry about what they may be thinking about me.
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I am usually worried about what kind of impression I make.
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If I know someone is judging me, it tends to bother me.
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Sometimes I think I am too concerned with what other people think of me.
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I often worry that I will say or do wrong things.
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I am taking this test
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Have you received mental health care from a professional in the past year?
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Your results

Your answers suggest that social anxiety has not been a problem for you. Most people experience the occasional worry about how other people see them and if they are judging them negatively. These kinds of worries are usually short-lived and don’t interfere in daily life.

What you should know

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This self-check mostly asks about fears of being judged negatively by others. You may have other symptoms that are related to social anxiety. The results from self-checks are not always a good reflection of people’s experiences. The information provided here should not be the only information you use to make decisions about your mental health.

Social anxiety is very connected to thoughts around how people view us and judgments they may have. You can learn how to spot when your thoughts are drifting toward these patterns and ways to shift these thoughts. This can help keep social anxiety in check.

What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Learning more about social anxiety and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing social anxiety.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest you might be experiencing some social anxiety. Mild social anxiety is common, particularly when we are around people who don’t know us well or we are meeting for the first time and it often disappears as we get more comfortable in the situation. People who have this level of anxiety might have some ongoing concerns that other people aren’t forming a good impression of them.

What you should know

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This self-check mostly asks about fears of being judged negatively by others. You may have other symptoms that are related to social anxiety. The results from self-checks are not always a good reflection of people’s experiences. The information provided here should not be the only information you use to make decisions about your mental health.

Social anxiety is very connected to thoughts around how people view us and judgments they may have. You can learn how to spot when your thoughts are drifting toward these patterns and ways to shift these thoughts. This can help keep social anxiety in check.

What you can do

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Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Learning more about social anxiety and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing social anxiety.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest that you might be dealing with significant social anxiety. Concerns about how others view us, that they will notice faults and judge us negatively can be very troublesome and can lead to avoiding social situations. This level of social anxiety can limit your opportunities to develop new friendships, build skills, or do well at school or work.

What you should know

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This self-check mostly asks about fears of being judged negatively by others. You may have other symptoms that are related to social anxiety. The results from self-checks are not always a good reflection of people’s experiences. The information provided here should not be the only information you use to make decisions about your mental health.

Social anxiety is very connected to thoughts around how people view us and judgments they may have. You can learn how to spot when your thoughts are drifting toward these patterns and ways to shift these thoughts. This can help keep social anxiety in check.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing social anxiety.

  2. Learning more about social anxiety and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.

  3. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

Your answers suggest you are experiencing a lot of fear and worries about how you come across to other people and what they think of you. This worry probably occupies a lot of your thoughts, making it hard to focus on the situation.

People with this level of social anxiety often feel very nervous and uncomfortable even just thinking about being around other people and limit how often they have to be in social situations. Social anxiety may be preventing you from activities you want to do. Things can get better and there are professionals who are very good at helping to overcome social anxiety.

What you should know

add

This self-check mostly asks about fears of being judged negatively by others. You may have other symptoms that are related to social anxiety. The results from self-checks are not always a good reflection of people’s experiences. The information provided here should not be the only information you use to make decisions about your mental health.

Social anxiety is very connected to thoughts around how people view us and judgments they may have. You can learn how to spot when your thoughts are drifting toward these patterns and ways to shift these thoughts. This can help keep social anxiety in check.

What you can do

add

Based on your answers, we recommend:

  1. To find support in your community, online or over the phone go to the Get Support section.

  2. Check out Apps and Tools if you want to learn specific skills for managing social anxiety.

  3. Learning more about social anxiety and how to prevent it from becoming a problem in your life.