A new annual poll has revealed that Americans are growing more anxious by the year. The American Psychiatric Association found that Americans are chiefly stressed out about their health, safety, and finances.
The poll which involved more than 1,000 people shows that the U.S.A. is affected by a wave of financial anxiety, with many Americans dreading paying the bills. According to the APA, the national anxiety score jumped 5 points to 51 from last year’s levels.
This means that most Americans now have anxiety issues. Around two-thirds of participants said they were anxious or severely anxious about paying for their expenses or bills. The national financial anxiety score was 56% last year.
However, not all people are equally worried about their finances. The poll revealed that women tend to stress themselves out more than men when it comes to the budget. Women also scored higher than men on the anxiety scale when compared to last year’s levels.
Women More Anxious than Men
According to the poll, 57% of American women and 38% of American men reported feeling more anxious than they were last year. What’s more, 80% of Hispanics said the bills gave them anxiety. Eighty percent of women and adults in the 18-to-34 age bracket reported stressing themselves out over the bills.
Just one in five Americans said they were less anxious than they were in 2017, with 39% being more stressed out this year.
APA president Anita Everett explained that the higher levels of anxiety and stress can lead to serious health issues, including mental health problems which can have a disastrous impact on families. Yet Americans were more anxious about safety and health than not being able to make ends meet.
America’s financial stress is mainly caused by stagnant wages, higher credit card debt, and high housing costs.
Image Source: Flickr