(WASHINGTON) -- In a new survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly 75 percent of Americans say they are stressed to the max. And experts say the 2010 Stress in America survey points to a looming national health crisis. Among the respondents' top concerns: money (76 percent), work (70 percent) and the economy (65 percent).
For three years in a row, worries about jobs, mortgages, money and how to pay the bills have been top stress factors for many American families. The stress is so pervasive the APA has concerns about the long term impact it will have on the physical and emotional health of the country.
The APA survey shows that "Americans appear to be caught in a vicious cycle where they manage stress in unhealthy ways and lack of willpower and time constraints impede their ability to make lifestyle or behavioral changes."
The association's CEO, psychologist Norman B. Anderson says, "America is at a crossroads when it comes to stress and our health."
The survey finds that nearly three-in-four respondents say they continue to be stressed to the max, to levels that are unhealthy and which could put them "at risk for developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and depression." The survey also finds that fewer adults, even those who do have jobs, feel satisfied with the balance between work and life outside the office or factory. In other words, the stress they may feel at work about job security or cutbacks goes home with them.
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