More Than Half Of Americans Are Stressed By Politics

Cathy QuinnFeb 17 , 2017

America is getting stressed out - by politics. Money, work, and the economy also remained major sources of stress across the board.

The poll found that 72 percent of Democrats saw President Trump's victory as stressful, and only 26 percent of Republicans felt the same way. The health officials note that past year was one of the worst in terms of nationwide anxiety levels because of the election.

57% of Republicans said the future of the nation was a significant point of stress, where 76% of Democrats said the same. But 2016 was the first year that APA asked about the impact of politics, an addition prompted when psychologists who are part of the organization reported a spike in patient anxiety about the 2016 election.

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Americans' opinions on the election outcome were divided along partisan lines.

The current political climate in the United States is causing substantial anxiety, and the percentage of people reporting at least one stress-related health symptom rose almost 10 percent in five months, according to the American Psychological Association.

The APA findings-contained in their Stress In America: Coping With Change (pdf) report-reveal that 57 percent of those surveyed said that politics have become either a "very" or "somewhat" significant source of anxiety in their lives. That compares to 38 percent for those with a high school education or less. For the longest time, Deena Shanker reports at Bloomberg, stress levels were going down, but then, last year, the slow-motion auto crash of the election started dominating everything, and America got anxious.

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Trump-related stress levels of Americans with different levels of education also correspond to the election results.

"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number", Wright told the Post. They explain that most people expected to feel relieved after the presidential election, but because that didn't happen, they became even more stressed than before.

Ultimately, individuals living urban areas, minority groups, people with college education, and millennials reported the highest levels of stress.

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

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