US Political Climate Leading to Stress

"We're surrounded by conversations, news and social media that constantly remind us of the issues that are stressing us the most".

Our nation is more stressed now than we have been in the past decade, according to a poll released Wednesday. Meanwhile, the numbers were slightly closer when it came to stress over America's future, with 76 percent of Democrats again reporting it was a "significant source of stress", and 59 percent of Republicans agreeing.

Stress, of course, can have a negative impact on a person's health, in addition to straining relationships or work. 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. The study published and conducted in August found that 52 percent of Americans reported stress caused by the election. In the APA's most recent survey, politics jumped up on the list: Fifty-seven percent of people experienced stress thinking about the political climate of the country, and 49 percent were stressed out about the election's outcome.

Until a year ago, people used to report that anxiety came from personal life issues, such as money and work. In fact almost three of every four Democrats, 72 percent, said that Trump was causing them significant stress.

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.

Are you feeling stressed? "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". There's so much to consume and internalize that people's hyper-vigilance is causing more harm than good.

Ms Nordal said the transition of power and the speed of change can cause uncertainty and feelings of stress. "So we try to seek out ways to control it, which is to be informed".

Take national security adviser Michael Flynn's resignation late Monday night, Wright said. Stress levels had spiked by January 2017.

Vaile Wright, a licensed psychologist and member of APA's Stress in America team, speaking with the Washington Post, admitted the severity of the findings caught her off guard. "But the reality is burnout isn't going to help anybody".

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