According to the statistics from the American Psychological Association, stress has become a major public health concern among Americans. The health officials note that last year was one of the worst in terms of nationwide anxiety levels because of the election.
Although most people expected that the stress would go away after the presidential campaign, it actually became more prevalent because many of them haven’t gotten used to the fact that Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
Until last year, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work. During and after the election, most of them also cited politics as a major stress factor. Many psychologists report that their patients talk mainly about politics during therapy sessions.
Those who are most at risk of experiencing anxiety are immigrants and Muslim Americans among others. Besides this, mental health experts from Veterans Affairs facilities have reported their patients saying that the current situation doesn’t represent what they risked their lives for.
In the annual survey conducted in August, the APA officials added questions concerning politics because many specialists reported election-related stress among Americans. Then, the APA conducted a second survey last month to measure anxiety levels related to the election.
According to the findings, 71 percent of the people interviewed confessed that they felt stressed minimum one day in August, whereas in January, roughly eighty percent experienced symptoms of anxiety, including tension headaches, feeling depressed or overwhelmed.
Furthermore, around 66 percent of U.S. 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. Those living in urban areas, those with a college education, millennials, and minority groups reported elevated levels of anxiety related to the election.
Nevertheless, the researchers are not surprised by the findings. 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.
The APA officials also note that the stress levels recorded in January are the highest in the past ten years. This situation is concerning because chronic anxiety is known as a leading factor influencing the rates of depression, heart disease, cancer, and even degenerative brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Therefore, the APA experts strongly recommend Americans to take their mind off politics and concentrate on other things which help them relax.
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