Health care and the economy are tormenting many stressed Americans, but there are many other issues as well.
What is bothering stressed Americans? Nearly two-thirds of the nation are tortured by the social divisiveness splitting our nation. Over half of Republicans and almost three fourths of Democrats are suffering from anxiety. Many are saying this is the lowest point in American history.
I suspect that ultimately, the anxiety takes three different forms: Leftist stress by Trump, “Never Trump” Republicans stressed for the same reason, and Trump supporters stressed by deep state resistance to Trump.
Bloomberg reported, “Americans Are Officially Freaking Out.”
For those lying awake at night worried about health care, the economy, and an overall feeling of divide between you and your neighbors, there’s at least one source of comfort: Your neighbors might very well be lying awake, too.
Almost two-thirds of Americans, or 63 percent, report being stressed about the future of the nation, according to the American Psychological Association’s Eleventh Stress in America survey, conducted in August and released on Wednesday. This worry about the fate of the union tops longstanding stressors such as money (62 percent) and work (61 percent) and also cuts across political proclivities. However, a significantly larger proportion of Democrats (73 percent) reported feeling stress than independents (59 percent) and Republicans (56 percent).
The “current social divisiveness” in America was reported by 59 percent of those surveyed as a cause of their own malaise. When the APA surveyed Americans a year ago, 52 percent said they were stressed by the presidential campaign. Since then, anxieties have only grown.
A majority of the more than 3,400 Americans polled, 59 percent, said “they consider this to to be the lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember.” That sentiment spanned generations, including those that lived through World War II, the Vietnam War, and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
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