Americans are now more stressed
The last regular APA Harris poll was taken in August of a year ago - but the Association commissioned an addition poll in January 2017, and that pol found the first spike in American stress levels since the survey began. Based on the report developed by the American Psychological Association (APA) called Stress in America: Coping with Change, about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. is stressed when thinking of the changes which may come now that Trump is leading the country.
According to the study, 57% say the current political climate is "a very or somewhat significant source of stress" and 45% say the same about the election. Nonetheless, 59 percent of Republicans said the future of the country is a significant source of stress, compared to 76 percent of Democrats.
"Were surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most", said Nordal.
In its survey August previous year, the APA found that 71 percent reported a physical or emotional stress symptom for at least a day that month.
Americans have been taking to the streets in record numbers since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, but amid that uptick in resistance something else has been rising within the nation's electorate: personal anxiety and stress caused by the nation's political reality.
The matter is even worse as immigrants, Muslim Americans, and victims of sexual assault are even more susceptible to greater stress since the election. And not only did overall stress increase, what we found in January is the highest significant increase in stress in 10 years.
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Millenials, minorities, those with a college education, and people living in urban locations had higher stress levels when it came to the election - an unsurprising finding given these groups tend to lean to the political left.
There were some demographic trends among stressed Americans. Some symptoms include: 34% have reported specific symptoms such as headaches; 33% feeling overwhelmed; 33% feelings nervous or anxious; and 32% feeling depressed or sad.
Between August 2016 and January 2017, Americans' overall average reported stress level rose from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale, the survey found. That inspired the Stress in America team to put together a follow-up survey, which was administered online in January to 1,109 adults aged 18 or older.
"For many, the transition of power and the speed of change can cause uncertainty and feelings of stress, and that stress can have health consequences".
The APA recommends those experiencing stress related to the election and the political climate should perhaps take a break from the news and do something else. "And keep in mind to take care of yourself and pay attention to other areas of your life". In August, 71 per cent of Americans reported feeling a physical or emotional symptom of stress at least one day that month.
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