Survey shows Americans most stressed about future of nation

American Psychological Association

APA CEO Arthur C. Evans Jr. noted that stress levels appear to be at a nadir-something highlighted by the fact that 59 percent of Americans believe this may be the lowest point in USA history. And that feeling spanned all generations, including people who lived through World War II, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Vietnam War, as well as the more recent September 11 terrorist attacks. Of those 59 percent, 56 percent say they're heavily in debt.

"We're seeing significant stress transcending party lines", Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA's chief executive officer, says in "Stress in America: The State of Our Nation". "The uncertainty and unpredictability tied to the future of our nation is affecting the health and well-being of many Americans in a way that feels unique to this period in recent history".

The survey has been conducted annually since 2007 and this year's answers were collected through the month of August. And for the decade that the survey on over 3,400 participants has been conducted, women have been more stressed in general. The survey was weighted to reflect the demographics of the country.

The study also found that a majority of Americans believed that their country was at its most diminished. About 95 percent of people are following the news regularly, but 56 percent say it causes them stress and 72 percent think the "media blows things out of proportion". They rated themselves on average of 5.1 out of 10 for their overall stress levels, while men rated themselves at a 4.4.

Stress about where America is headed seems to be on the minds of many.

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Behind health care was the economy, trust in the government and crime and hate crimes, the poll found. Black and Hispanic men also reported a significantly higher average stress level (4.8) than white men (4.2).

"Being an adult", said Dylan Miller-Price.

Apart from that more than half of the interviewees, around 59% expressed that they thought the present time as the lowest point in the history of United States as they can personally recollect.

Healthcare was the most common issue American's were concerned about at 43 per cent followed by economy at 35 per cent.

Adults also indicated that they feel conflicted between their desire to stay informed about the news and their view of the media as a source of stress. The poll was taken just after Republicans' efforts to repeal the law failed, but President Donald Trump has continued to sabotage the ACA, which helped almost 20 million Americans gain health coverage.

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