Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Political climate, nation's future is stressing out Americans, study says

Political climate, nation's future is stressing out Americans, study says

While a surge in the stress factors is nothing new for APA researchers, this time around Americans can't find their peace of mind because of the latest developments on the political stage, found investigators. Money, work, and the economy also remained major sources of stress across the board. While 72 percent of Democrats were stressed by the election result, only 26 percent of Republicans drew anxiety from Trump's win, the Hill reports.

Not only that, our stress levels are now at a historic high. 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.

Furthermore, around 66 percent of US adults are stressed about the country's future, 57 percent about the political climate, and other 49 percent about the outcome of this presidential election.

A study published Wednesday by the American Psychological Association says that more than half of Americans say the political climate is causing them significant stress.

Donald Trump supporter Christopher Burritt right of Citrus Heights Ca. yells at protesters prior to a campaign rally for Donald Trump
Even Republicans are very stressed out right now

This is the 10th year APA administered its "Stress in America" survey. Meanwhile, 49 percent of those questioned said the outcome of the 2016 election, in which Trump was elected president and the Republican Party gained control of both the House and Senate, has become a specific source of new stress. And while stress was an equalizer across different races and ethnicities, women reported higher levels of stress than men did.

The demographic stress levels line up with the election results. Women are more likely to report acts of terrorism as a significant source of stress (56 percent vs. 46 percent).

City dwellers, at more than 60 percent, are about twice as stressed out as Americans in rural areas as a result of the election, while the millennial age group shows the highest stress level of any generation in the survey, at more than 55 percent.

"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress is a startling number", said Vaile Wright.
"It seems to suggest that what people thought would happen, that there would be relief [after the election] did not occur, and instead since the election, stress has increased".

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