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Foundations for Supporting Students
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The Stress Continuum
Excessive and/or prolonged levels of stress lead to imbalance
and physical, emotional and social breakdown. This
experience of imbalance may present as a difficulty
concentrating, disorganization, forgetfulness, deterioration
in quality or quantity of work, irritability or exaggerated
personality traits. To re-establish balance, the person needs
to strengthen his or her stress-management practices, learn
new coping strategies or seek support from others.
If stress is left unchecked, symptoms will worsen, causing
severe physical complaints, illness, feelings of anxiety,
hopelessness or depression. The student may be so
despondent that s/he skips class or a job, socially withdraws,