Related Stress Took Its Toll On Americans


It's worth noting that prior to the election, Americans' stress level was on the decline - and in the ten years since they've been conducting the survey, the APA has never before seen such a significant increase in stress.

By race, the highest proportion of respondents stressed about the election outcome was among black Americans-with 69% reporting such stress-followed by 57% of Asian respondents, and 56% of Hispanic respondents. Between August 2016 and January 2017, Americans' overall average reported stress level rose from 4.8 to 5.1 on a 10-point scale, the survey found.

The current political climate in the United States is causing substantial anxiety, and the percentage of people reporting at least one stress-related health symptom rose almost 10 percent in five months, according to the American Psychological Association.

The political climate in the United States is stressing out Americans, according to a new study.

The APA report also found 72 per cent of Democrats thought the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was a significant source of stress, while 26 per cent of Republicans thought the same. In October, it released its results, and, ta-da, 52 percent of respondents indicated that they were stressed about the vote, Republicans and Democrats alike.

In other words, most Americans expected Clinton to win the election, and when Trump won a surprise victory, American stress levels spiked.

Geographic location also appears to have played a role, with 62 percent of those in urban areas reporting stress, compared to 45 percent in the suburbs and 33 percent in rural areas. And not only did overall stress increase, what we found in January is the highest significant increase in stress in 10 years.

Trump-related stress levels of Americans with different levels of education also correspond to the election results.

"The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it", Katherine C Nordal, APA's executive director for professional practice, said.

"The fact that two-thirds of Americans are saying the future of the nation is causing them stress, it is a startling number", psychologist Vaile Wright of the APA's Stress in America team told The Washington Post.