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This Is the Number-One Cause of Stress for Americans

This Is the Number-One Cause of Stress for Americans
From TIME - November 1, 2017

More than half of Americans say that the present day is the worst period of American history that they can remember, according to a new survey of stress in the United States.

The American Psychological Association (APA) just released the results of its annual Stress in America survey, which revealed that the biggest stressor Americans face is the state of the U.S. The APA surveyed 3,440 American adults in August, and 63% of them said the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. Thats slightly more than other common stressors, like money at 62% and work at 61%.

When the survey polled Americans on what specific issues cause them stress about the country, 43% said health care and 35% said the economy. Around 30% of people reported being stressed about trust in the government, crime, hate crimes and terrorist attacks.

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Women reported higher levels of stress than menparticularly around hate crimes, wars and terrorist attacks. In 2017, women experienced a slight increase in their stress levels compared to 2016, and men experienced a slight drop.

The fact that many Americans cited the present as the lowest point in U.S. history is notable, the authors of the paper write, given that many of the people surveyed have lived through a variety of tragedies, including World War II, the Vietnam War and the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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