An article published on WebMD by Peter Jaret indicates that three simple questions can help you determine if you have social phobia:
- Does fear of embarrassment cause you to avoid doing things or speaking to people?
- Do you avoid activities in which you are the center of attention?
- Are being embarrassed or looking stupid among your worst fears?
The questions came from Jonathon Davidson, MD, professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center’s Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program.
If the answer is “Yes” for two or all three of the questions, then it is 93% likely to indicate social phobia according to Davidson.
Jaret, P. (2000, April 10). Is Shyness a Mental Disorder? Retrieved August 22, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/features/is-shyness-mental-disorder