More than half say politics is a source of stress

The last regular APA Harris poll was taken in August of past year - but the Association commissioned an addition poll in January 2017, and that pol found the first spike in American stress levels since the survey began.

That stress penetrates party lines-including 76 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Republicans-and age groups.

For every year since 2007, the American Psychological Association has been doing a "Stress in America" survey, which serves to track how freaked out the country is.

Between August 2016 and January 2017, the overall average stress levels of Americans rose from 4.8 to 5.1, on a scale where 1 means little to no stress and 10 means a great deal of stress.

Therefore, the APA experts strongly recommend Americans to take their mind off politics and concentrate on other things which help them relax.

Of course, the data does diverge a bit between political parties: While 72 percent of Democrats have found the results of the election to be a "significant source of stress", only 26 percent of Republicans agreed.

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In the annual survey conducted in August, the APA officials added questions concerning politics because many specialists reported election-related stress among Americans. Among white respondents, 42% reported stress from the election results.

If you're feeling stressed out, you are far from alone.

The survey also found that along generational lines, almost 60 percent of Millennials were feeling stress while only 45 percent of Baby Boomers felt similarly.

Vaile Wright, a licensed psychologist and member of APA's Stress in America team, speaking with the Washington Post, admitted the severity of the findings caught her off guard.

Sixty-two percent of people living in urban areas reported very or somewhat significant stress related to the election outcome, while only 45 percent of those living in suburban areas and 33 percent of people living in rural areas said the same.

"The stress we're seeing around political issues is deeply concerning, because it's hard for Americans to get away from it", Katherine C Nordal, APA's executive director for professional practice, said. "It seems to suggest that what people thought would happen, that there would be relief [after the election] did not occur, and instead since the election, stress has increased".

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