Do I have social anxiety disorder?
Many people feel nervous in social situations. You might feel anxious about giving a speech at a wedding or delivering a presentation to work colleagues. That’s an expected part of life and doesn’t necessarily mean you have an anxiety condition.
A mental health professional may diagnose social anxiety disorder if:
- you experience the symptoms listed on this page
- the symptoms cause significant distress or stop you from doing everyday activities
- the symptoms are persistent (for example, for at least six months).
If you think you may have social anxiety we can help you find the support you need at Get mental health support.
Should I get support?
You may be feeling unsure about whether you should seek support.
Our anonymous mental health check-in can help you understand whether your anxious feelings are the kind of worries that will go away on their own, or whether it’s time to get more support to help you feel better.
It’s an evidence-based tool which asks you 10 questions about the feelings you’ve been having over the past 4 weeks. It’s sometimes called the “K10” and is widely used by GPs and mental health professionals.
Mental health check-in