TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2021 (HealthDay News)
That’s higher than levels reported in APA surveys since April.
Eighty-four percent of respondents in the latest survey reported feeling at least one emotion associated with prolonged stress in the prior two weeks. The most common were anxiety (47%), sadness (44%) and anger (39%).
And two-thirds said they feel overwhelmed by the number of issues facing the nation.
Significant sources of reported stress included the future of the United States (81%); the coronavirus pandemic (80%); and political unrest (74%). Two-thirds said the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was a significant source of stress.
Among other key findings: 84% of respondents say the nation has serious societal issues that need to be addressed and 9 in 10 hope that there will be a move toward unity.
“Nearly a year into the pandemic, prolonged stress persists at elevated levels for many Americans. As we work to address stressors as a nation, from unemployment to education, we can’t ignore the mental health consequences of this global shared experience,” said APA’s chief executive officer, Arthur Evans Jr.
“Without addressing stress as part of a national recovery plan, we will be dealing with the mental health fallout from this pandemic for years to come,” he warned in an association news release.
The APA offered tips on stress management:
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more on stress management.
SOURCE: American Psychological Association, news release, Feb. 2, 2021
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Panic attacks are repeated attacks of fear that can last for several minutes.