On Monday, the American Psychiatric Association released a new survey according to which Americans today are a lot more anxious than they were a year ago. About 39% of them reported feeling anxious, which is an increase since last year. At the same time last year, only 19% of them reported having anxiety feelings. Overall, the United States’ anxiety score on a scale from 0 to 100 landed at 51. This means a 5-point increase since last year.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, these increases in the anxiety levels vary between generations, races and gender. For example, people of color feel a lot more anxiety than white people. When it comes to gender, it’s not a secret than women are more anxious than men, and they also registered a bigger increase since 2017. As for generations, millennials are reportedly the most stressed out generation. However, baby boomers registered the largest increase since last year, a 7-point one.
American people are more anxious today than they were last year
It seems that there are five important things that most American people feel anxious about. Those are health, finances, safety, relationships and politics. About 68% of all Americans are most anxious about keeping themselves and their families safe, health-wise. Only about 67% of them feel anxiety about paying their bills and taxes. About 56% worry about the impact that politics may have on their life, while 48% feel anxious regarding their relationships with their family, colleagues and friends.
According to American Psychiatric Association President Dr. Anita Everett, what this survey shows should come as a warning. High levels of anxiety among people can lead to a large number of other health-related issues. Stress can affect their mental health and therefore life, family and relationships. Unfortunately, not that many people, only 51%, seek professional help when they deal with these problems.
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