More than half say politics is a source of stress

The new survey issued by the American Psychological Association (APA) on Wednesday is part of a larger poll about stress conducted by the organisation since 2006, NBC News reported.

People in the United States are now more stressed than they used to be a decade ago, a fresh survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) revealed.

According to the study, 57% say the current political climate is "a very or somewhat significant source of stress" and 45% say the same about the election.

"The only ones that have come close to being two-thirds were around 59 to 62 percent, so it was quite striking to see the extent to which people were identifying this as a significant source of stress", Diaz-Granados said.

In August previous year, the APA added political questions to its survey.

The survey comes on the coattails of APA survey results last fall that found 52% of Americans said the presidential election was a source of stress. While a surge in the stress factors is nothing new for APA researchers, this time around Americans can't find their peace of mind because of the latest developments on the political stage, found investigators. More than 56% of Republicans mentioned that the future of the nation is a concerning problem that caused them stress.

Since August, the percentage of Americans saying personal safety is a very or somewhat significant source of stress increased from 29 percent to 34 percent - the highest percentage noted since the question was first asked in 2008.

These additional stressors may be affecting Americans' health.




A previous survey, conducted in August during the most contentious campaign in recent USA history, found 52 per cent were anxious about the presidential 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.

"While these common health symptoms might seem minor, they can lead to negative effects on daily life and overall physical health when they continue over a long period", said Nordal.

"W$3 hile it's really important to stay informed right now, there's a point where you have to know your limits; there's a saturation point where there isn't new information", she said in a Washington Post report. "And do not forget to take care of yourself and pay attention to other areas of your life", Nordal said.

Is the current political climate stressing you out?

Americans rated themselves an a scale of 1-10.

The poll also found that Americans are feeling more stressed than they were pre-election, reporting on average that their stress levels had risen from 4.8 to 5.1 (out of 10) between August and January.

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