456 Americans Are Getting More Stressed Out, Study Finds

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The study, conducted by the American Psychological Association, found that average stress levels in the U.S. rose since 2014, from 4.9 to 5.1 on a 10-point stress scale. There was a particular increase among adults reporting “extreme stress,” with 24% saying they were highly stressed in 2015 compared to 18% a year earlier.

Since 2007 ,the APA has conducted its annual stress survey, finding that money and work are consistently the top two sources of stress (67% and 65%, respectively).

This most recent survey also tracked the impact of discrimination on stress. Some 61% of adults surveyed reported that they have experienced unfair treatment or discrimination on a day-to-day basis, and many of them experienced stress in connection to that. Hispanic and black adults reported being stressed by even the anticipation of discrimination, with 3 in 10 who reported experiencing day-to-day discrimination saying they changed their behavior or appearance to avoid harassment or get good service.

I – Word Understanding

Track – to record the progress of something over a period of time
Anticipation – expectation

II – Have Your Say
A – While aspects of the U.S. economy have improved, money continues to be a top cause of stress for Americans, according to the new survey.

Here are some of the sources of stress for Americans:
– Money/finance
– Work
– Family responsibilities
– Discrimination
* What are the impacts of these stresses?
– Chronic illness
– Mental health problems
– Eating disorder
– Addiction
B. What are the top causes of stress in Japanese society? What are the impacts and how do people cope?

456 Americans Are Getting More Stressed Out, Study Finds

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