b'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,Foundations for Supporting Students45'