The Dangers of Stress and How To Cope

Americans more anxious than last year, according to new poll

Anxiety levels are high among adults in the United States. In fact, people are more anxious than they were last year, according to a new report. 

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The American Psychiatric Association recently released the results of a poll that tested the anxiety levels of 1,000 U.S. individuals.

After analyzing the results, they found that nearly 39 percent of Americans reported they were more anxious in 2018 than they were in 2017. Another 39 percent said they were equally anxious, while 19 percent said they were less anxious. 

Safety, health and finances seemed to cause people the most stress, according to the poll. Sixty-eight percent said “keeping myself or my family safe” and “my health” made them extremely or somewhat anxious. Another 67 percent said “paying my bills or expenses” made them feel the same. 

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Politics and interpersonal were next on the list with 56 and 48 percent, respectively. 

APA scientists also evaluated mental health care. More than half of the participants said they had never sough care from a mental health professional. However, 86 percent believe someone’s mental health has an impact of their physical health, and 75 percent said untreated mental illness has a significant negative impact on the U.S. economy. 

Another 50 percent believe there is less stigma against people with mental illness than there was 10 years ago, and just 12 percent think policymakers in Washington, D.C. consider mental health a top priority. 

Want to learn more about the results? Take a look at the rest of the findings here

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