b'Anxiety disorders, or anxiety that interferes with everyday functioning, are common and treatable.Students may be helped through relaxation and stress management techniques. Guidance in study skills, time management, and handling procrastination can help in the academic arena. Others may find help with a period of counseling. Panic Disorder A person who experiences recurrent panic attacks, at least one of which leads to a month or more of increased anxiety or avoidant behavior, is said to have panic disorder. Panic attacks are characterized by palpitations, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, feelings of choking, chest pain, dizziness, fear of losing control, fear of dying, numbness and chills or hot flashes. Panic disorder is an acquired fear of certain bodily sensations, and agoraphobia is a behavioral response to the anticipation of these sensations. Anyone can have a panic attack and 2 to 5 percent of Americans have a panic disorder. Severe stress, or an event that is experienced as traumatic can trigger a panic attack. They typically last about 10 minutes, but may be a few minutes shorter or longer. During the attack, the physical and emotional symptoms increase quickly in a crescendo-like way and then subside. A person may feel anxious and jittery for many hours afterward. What causes panic disorder? Genetic predisposition and temperament can contribute toMental Health Concerns176'