b'AMY TAN Amy Tan is the award-winning author of five New York Times bestsellers, including novel-turned-film The Joy Luck Club. She acknowledges a family history of depression and suicidal thoughts. Her personal experiences with both have led her to long-term psychiatric medication. ANXIETY, PANIC DISORDER, AND PHOBIAS Anxiety is a natural response to stress with symptoms ranging from increased heart rate and loss of appetite to a general nervous feeling. The anxiety can be of a general nature or more specific, such as social anxiety or phobia. Students may feel anxiety from a number of sources. Some are separated from their family and friends for the first time. Some have never shared a room with someone they dont know. Some find that while they were the star of their high school, they are now just average. Some come to the university already having experienced difficulties and now are on their own in managing them. Anxiety may interfere with the students academic functioning, causing the student to lose the ability to concentrate, to process information, to comprehend or to learn material effectively. Anxiety may also interfere with concentration, decision-making and time managementMental Health Concerns175'