Americans most stressed they've been in 10 years

Over half of Americans (57 per cent) said the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, and almost half (49 per cent) said the same about the outcome of the election, according to a poll conducted in January. Also, mental health experts working with veterans in VA hospitals reported their patients making comments such as "I did not risk my life for this", according to a member of APA's Stress in America team and a licensed psychologist, Vaile Wright.

Our nation is more stressed now than we have been in the past decade, according to a poll released Wednesday. During and after the election, majority also cited politics as a major stress factor.

The APA report also found 72 per cent of Democrats thought the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was a significant source of stress, while 26 per cent of Republicans thought the same. The research was conducted from August 2016 to January 2017.

Asked specifically about the outcome of the 2016 election, Americans were predictably divided along partisan lines.

The APA officials also note that the stress levels recorded in January are the highest in the past ten years.

The survey form past year was conducted online back in August 2016.

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Until past year, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work.

Minority groups, millennials, those living in urban areas and those with a college education had higher levels of stress about the election.

There were some demographic trends among stressed Americans. In January, 80 per cent had symptoms such as tension headaches or feeling overwhelmed or depressed. 76% of them said that they fear for their future. The first one was formed from Republican supporters and the second one from Democrat supporters. "It can make existing health problems worse, and even cause disease, either because of changes in the body or bad habits people develop to cope with stress". "Read enough to stay informed but then plan activities that give you a regular break from the issues and the stress they might cause".

Take care of yourself first, Wright added. Considering that 1 means no stress and 10 means the maximum level of stress, 5.1 is a concerning number.

The political climate in the United States seems to affect American citizens.

For additional information on stress, lifestyle and behaviors, visit www.apa.org/helpcenter. Katherine C. Nordal, the executive director for professional practice at APA, noted that this level of stress regarding the presidential election and the future of America raise concern among specialists who claim that it is hard to avoid the news when they are everywhere. APA's membership includes more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students.

  • Ismael Montgomery