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Traditionally, AA holds an International Convention every five years, in either the United States or Canada. ” Members follow a 12-step program, that stresses faith, disavowal of personal responsibility, passivity in the hands of God or a higher power, confession of wrongdoing and response to spiritual awakening by sharing with others. See also ADDICTION; AGORAPHOBIA; ANXIETY; CODEPENDENCY; CONTROL; EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS; PANIC ATTACKS AND PANIC DISORDER; SUBSTANCE ABUSE. American Psychiatric Association.

Available online. stm. Downloaded on February 20, 2007. Kahn, Ada P. Keeping the Beat: Healthy Aging through Amateur Chamber Music Playing. : Wordscope Associates, 1999. aging parents See ELDERLY PARENTS. agitation Behavior that is tense and excited, with rapidly fluctuating levels of physical activity. It may be evidenced by pacing, loud and rapid speech, tense facial expression, cursing, wringing of hands, perspiration, short attention span and inability to concentrate or purposeless, potentially injurious movements.

Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia Panic attacks are defined, discrete episodes of unpredictable, intense fearfulness, terror or extreme apprehensiveness, along with feelings of impending doom. An individual may experience symptoms such as difficulty in breathing (hyperventilation), palpitations, chest pain or discomfort, choking or smothering sensations and fear of going crazy or losing control. Attacks may last from minutes to hours. ” Panic attacks often precede the agoraphobic state, although some individuals have agoraphobia without panic attacks.

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