Levels Of Anxiety Rise Sharply Among Americans

Feeling more anxious these days? You've got plenty of company. Close to 40% of Americans are more anxious than they were at this time last year, according to a new survey by American Psychological Association (APA), Jamie Ducharme writes on TIME

The APA surveyed 1,000 adults in the U.S. about their sources and levels of anxiety.

39% reported being more anxious than they were at this time last year and only 19% said they were less anxious than last year.

About 18% of the population — 40 million U.S. adults — have an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

According to the APA poll, safety, health and finances seemed to be the greatest sources of anxiety.

68% feel extremely or somewhat anxious about their health, keeping their family safe, and paying bills on time.

While 56% feel extremely or somewhat anxious about the impact of politics on their daily lives.

Women reported a higher increase in anxiety than men: Among adults younger than 50, 38% of men and 57% of women feel more anxious now compared to last year

Few respondents said they had sought out mental health care —  86% strongly or somewhat agreed that mental health impacts physical health.

Only 28% said they had seen a mental health professional of any kind. While 81% said they would know how to access mental health care if they needed it.

Additionally, millennials feel the most anxious, though baby boomers reported the highest increase in anxiety.

APA President Anita Everett, M.D. says: “This poll shows U.S. adults are increasingly anxious particularly about health, safety and finances. That increased stress and anxiety can significantly impact many aspects of people’s lives, including their mental health, and it can affect families.”

“It highlights the need to help reduce the effects of stress with regular exercise, relaxation, healthy eating and time with friends and family.”

There seems to be plenty of anxiety to go around.

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