If you’ve been feeling more anxious lately than you did a year ago, it’s not just you. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has recently developed a poll where it measured the current anxiety levels among the American population, and the results weren’t too encouraging. As compared to last year, anxiety levels have gone up five points and have become more acute for all ages and ethnicities.
Anxiety levels in America have increased since last year
For this poll, APA interviewed 1,004 adults between March 22nd and March 25th. They had to complete a survey where they rated their anxiety levels when it came to different topics. These ranged from political issues, health, financial matters, or overall safety.
As compared to last year’s poll, APA interviewed a bit fewer people. However, the increase in anxiety levels remains visible. Just like they did in the previous poll, millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) remain more anxious than the previous generation, generation X (1965-1980). However, there’s a different group that faced a sudden spike in anxiety – baby boomers (1946-1964).
Women are more stressed than men regardless of age
When it came to the biggest cause of anxiety, that was the financial one. Young adults were especially concerned about paying bills, with 75 percent of them rating this as one of their top fears. Other popular causes that raised anxiety levels were safety and health.
These results are not encouraging at all. So much stress can have a huge impact both on people’s mental and physical health. Therefore, experts are advising them to cut as much of the stressful factors as possible. By exercising regularly, eating healthy, and keeping good relationships with your close ones, your mental state should improve.
Younger women seem to have the biggest anxiety levels of all. About 57 percent of females aged between 18 and 49 are stressed, as compared to 38 percent of men of the same age. Older people are somehow more relaxed, but we can see the same difference between genders. Thirty-nine percent of women over 50 are stressed, while only 24 percent of men of this age battle with anxiety.
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