STATISTICS

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All statistics are credited to the American Psychological Association. Since 2007, the American Psychological Association (APA) has been conducting an annual nationwide survey to find out how the stress has been affecting the country and people. For more information and to read the full report, please visit: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/

1in5

Americans says they never engage in an activity to help relieve or manage their stress.

Parents —defined as those with children under the age of 18 living at home — have a more challenging relationship with stress than Americans overall.

75%

of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month.

Women report higher stress levels than men.

Women are more likely than men to say they experience symptoms of stress and that they engage in unhealthy behaviors to manage their stress.

51%

of women (vs. 31% of men) say they have lain awake at night in the past month due to stress.

Millennials and Gen Xers report a higher level of stress than any other generation and appear to have difficulty coping.

36%

of Millennials say their stress has increased in the past year.

Parents report higher average stress levels than non-parents and are more likely to say that their stress is impacting their physical health as well as their emotional well-being.

1in5

One in five Americans (21%) says they have no one to rely on for emotional support.

24%

of Americans overall report feeling a sense of loneliness/isolation due to stress in the past month.

29%

of Americans say their stress levels have increased in the past year.

42%

of adults say they are not doing enough or are not sure whether they are doing enough to manage their stress.

The most commonly reported symptoms of stress in the past month include:

  • Feeling irritable/angry (37%)
  • Being nervous/anxious (35%)
  • Having a lack of interest/motivation (34%)
  • Feeling fatigued (32%)
  • Feeling overwhelmed (32%)
  • Being depressed/sad (32%)

18%

Only 18% of Americans say their stress has decreased in the past year.

A large number of Americans say that they engage in unhealthy behaviors in the past month because of stress:

  • Lying awake at night (42%)
  • Eating too much/eating unhealthy foods (33%)

26%

of Americans say that stress has gotten in the way of people taking care of their responsibilities at home in the last month.

29%

of Americans say that stress has gotten in the way of exercising in the past month.

The most commonly reported sources of stress include:

  • Work (60%)
  • Economy (49%)
  • Family responsibilities (47%)
  • Personal health concerns (46%)

The most commonly reported sources of stress include:

  • 60%
    Work

  • 49%
    Economy

  • 47%
    Family

  • 46%
    Health