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    Social Phobia

    Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, affects more than 13 percent of Americans. It is a real and serious health problem that responds to treatment. The first step is seeking help. If you suspect that you might suffer from social
    phobia, complete the following self-test by clicking the "yes" or "no" boxes next to eachquestion, print out the test and show the results to your health care professional.


    HOW CAN I TELL IF IT'S SOCIAL PHOBIA?

    Are you troubled by:

    1. An intense and persistent fear of a social situation in which people might judge you?

    Yes   No
    2. Fear that you will be humiliated by your actions?

    Yes   No
    3. Fear that people will notice that you are blushing, sweating, trembling, or showing other signs of anxiety?

    Yes   No
    4. Knowing that your fear is excessive or unreasonable?

    Yes   No

    Does the feared situation cause you to:

    5. Always feel anxious?

    Yes   No
    6. Experience a "panic attack", during which you suddenly are overcome by intense fear or discomfort, including any of these symptoms?

    Yes   No
    7. Pounding heart

    Yes   No
    8. Sweating

    Yes   No
    9. Trembling or shaking

    Yes   No
    10. Shortness of breath

    Yes   No
    11. Choking

    Yes   No
    12. Chest pain

    Yes   No
    13. Nausea or abdominal discomfort

    Yes   No
    14. "Jelly" legs

    Yes   No
    15. Dizziness

    Yes   No
    16. Feelings of unreality or being detached from yourself

    Yes   No
    17. Fear of losing control, "going crazy"

    Yes   No
    18. Fear of dying

    Yes   No
    19. Numbness or tingling sensations

    Yes   No
    20. Chills or hot flashes

    Yes   No
    21. Go to great lengths to avoid participating in the feared situation?

    Yes   No
    22. Does all of this interfere with your daily life?

    Yes   No

    Having more than one illness at the same time can make it difficult to diagnose and treat the different conditions. Illnesses that sometimes complicate anxiety disorders include depression and substance abuse. With this in mind, please take a minute to answer the following questions.

    23. Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?

    Yes   No

    More days than not, do you feel:

    24. Sad or depressed?

    Yes   No
    25. Disinterested in life?

    Yes   No
    26. Worthless or guilty?

    Yes   No

    During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs:

    27. Resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with work, school, or family?

    Yes   No
    28. Placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?

    Yes   No
    29. Gotten you arrested?

    Yes   No
    30. Continued despite causing problems for you and/or your loved ones?
    Yes   No