A Serious Look At Stress
Take a look at some of these recent stress statistics, courtesy of the American Psychological Association (APA).
Whether you’re stressed-out and looking for a way out, or simply curious about how stress may be affecting your life, you’re not alone …
66% of Americans likely to seek help for stress
- Two thirds of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress. (APA Survey 2004)
- Fifty-four percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives. (APA Survey 2004)
- Who feels the most stress? Those who report frequent stress include: (source Webmd.com)
- 44% of 18- to 29- year olds, and 46% of 30- to 49- year olds
- 47% of parents with children under 18
- 40% of women and 35% of men
- 55% of people who say they do not have enough time to do things they want to do
Having difficulty dealing with America’s Financial Downturn? You are not alone according to the APA Poll released October 7, 2008:
- 50% of Americans say that they are increasingly stressed about their ability to provide for their family’s basic needs.
- 80% of Americans stated that the economy is a significant cause of stress.
- 83% of women are stressed about money vs. 78% of men
- 87% of women reported dramatic increases in stress associated with health problems affecting their families in relationship to the declining economy.
Having trouble coping with job stress? Check out these workplace-related stress statistics:
73% of Americans name money as the number one stress factor
- 62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
- A majority of workers (52%) are more stressed because of work than home. (APA Survey 2004)
- 54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress. (APA Survey 2004)
- 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
- 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)
- Executives and managers tend to have the most stressful jobs, while self-employed workers are the least stressed. (APA Survey 2004)
- One in four workers has taken a mental health day off from work to cope with stress. (APA Survey 2004)
- 73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level. (APA Survey 2004)
What about the relationship between stress and depression? These depression-related stress statistics will give you some idea of how widespread the problem of depression really is:
- An estimated 121 million people world-wide currently suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)
- Eight to 20 percent of older adults experience symptoms of depression. (Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health 1999)
- Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
- Approximately six million American men suffer from depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
- Nearly twice as many American women as men are affected by depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
- Approximately 18.8 million American adults have depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)
How is stress affecting Health and Coping Behaviors? Stress is on the rise!
(APA Poll June 2008)
60% report irritability or anger
a 10% increase over the previous year
- Adults reported that their physical and emotional symptoms due to stress increased 47% over the past year.
- 53% reported fatigue in 2008 compared to 51% in 2007.
- 60% reported feelings of irritability or anger compared to 50% in 2007.
- 52% reported lying awake at night or insomnia as a result of stress compared to 48% in 2007.
- 48% reported overeating or eating unhealthy foods to manage stress, while one in four skipped a meal in the last month because of stress. Poor eating habits have resulted in higher rates of obesity.
- 1/5 of Americans reported drinking alcohol to manage their stress and 16% reported smoking.
What can YOU do to manage your stress and maintain your health?
According to APA, the health consequences of extreme stress are most severe when people ignore symptoms and fail to manage their stress well. Dr. Nordal advises people to be more mindful of their stress levels as well as the emotional and physical symptoms of stress. Symptoms include irritability, problems sleeping/insomnia, changes in appetite, headaches, stomach aches, intestinal problems, nervousness, excessive worry, and feeling sad and depressed.
“People’s emotional and physical health is more vulnerable, given the high levels of stress in our country right now,” says Dr. Nordal. “Pay attention to what’s happening around you, but refrain from getting caught up in doom-and-gloom hype. Take stock of your particular situation and what causes your stress. Reach out to family, friends, and trusted advisors. Research shows that receiving support from others is effective in managing stress. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, then consider seeking professional help.”
At Natural Wellness Care we offer several modalities to help your address your stress. With the help of the SCIO or the ONDAMED Biofeedback system, we can painlessly and non-invasively look at reactions to common stressors and begin to piece the picture together. We encourage you to get started on managing your stress before it manages you.