2017 APA Stress in America™ Survey Results — 60% Of Americans Are Significantly Stressed.

 

These are the worst stress levels found by the American Psychological Association yet.

  • Americans worry about the future of our nation — 63% indicated this as a significant source of stress.
  • Americans worry about money — 62% indicated this as a significant source of stress.
  • Americans worry about their jobs — 61% indicated this as a significant source of stress.

More than half of those who responded to the survey (59%) reported this time in US history as THE LOWEST POINT that they remember. Many of those responders have lived through the WWII and other significant traumatic events, such as September 11.

  • More than half of responders (59%) reported being stressed by the political division in this country.  Although both Democrats and Republicans were stressed.
  • More than half of responders (56%) reported feeling stress from watching the news).

Additionally, the most common issues related to stress levels were health care, the economy, trust in government, crime, conflict with other countries, terrorist attacks, unemployment, and climate change.

 

The encouraging news is that the survey also found that more than half of the responders reported that the state of the nation and the stress they have experienced have led to their desire to volunteer or support more causes than they have in the past. Most responders have either volunteered or signed petitions or boycotted a company or product in response to its social or political views or actions.

As the survey has always found, women reported significantly higher stress levels than men and Black and Hispanic men also reported a significantly higher average stress level than white men.

To read the full Stress in America report, visit Stress in America.

For additional information on stress, lifestyle and behaviors, visit the Psychology Help Center.

 

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