Stress is considered one of the most alarming modern epidemics in America today. An increasingly large percentage of our population is suffering from chronic stress, and our culture is beginning to suffer for it. In attempt to counteract this growing trend, April has been designated National Stress Awareness Month. During these thirty days, your online psychotherapist and countless other healthcare professionals across the world are joining forces to help increase awareness of this growing cultural problem.
Shocking Statistics About Stress
Many people suffer from chronic stress in silence, assuming that they are all alone in their struggle. Many others downplay the seriousness of the stress they are experiencing, possibly because they have become so used to being stressed that they fail to recognize it as a chronic health condition. Nevertheless, it is critical that we recognize the danger of chronic stress for what it is. These statistics offer an important perspective on stress in our world today.
These statistics are pulled from www.Stress.org:
1. 3 out of 4 doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments.
2. 44% of stressed individuals lose sleep every night.
3. Extreme stress (job loss, divorce, etc) reduces grey matter in the brain, which can lead to future psychiatric problems.
4. Stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, the risk of heart attack by 25%, and the risk of stroke by 50%.
5. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity.
6. Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease.
7. 40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy foods.
These statistics are pulled from www.StatisticBrain.com:
8. 26% of individuals say that stress has caused them to fight with people close to them.
9. 48% of people say that stress has a negative impact on their personal and professional lives.
10. 30% of people say they are “always” or “often” stressed at work.
11. The three most common physical symptoms of stress are fatigue, headache, and upset stomach.
12. The three most common psychological problems of stress are irritability or anger, nervousness, and lack of energy.
These statistics are pulled from the American Psychological Association:
13. On average, women report higher levels of stress than men do.
14. Money is the leading cause of stress in the U.S., followed by work (if employed), family responsibilities, and health concerns.
15. 58% of parents and 57% of millennials say that paying for essentials is a somewhat or very significant source of stress.
16. Only 26% of individuals who say they have emotional support from friends and family experienced an increase in stress levels in the past year, compared to 43% of individuals without emotional support.
17. On average, parents report higher stress levels than non-parents.
18. 75% of Americans report experiencing at least one symptom of stress in the past month.
19. 36% of millennials say their stress has increased in the past year.
It’s Time To Overcome Your Stress!
Don’t continue to suffer in silence – if you have been battling with chronic stress for years (or are feeling the early affects of an increased stress level), don’t be afraid to reach out for assistance. As an online mental health therapist, I can meet with you virtually to assess your situation and help you develop strategies for overcoming your stressful situations. Visit my website (and sign up for my newsletter!) for more information about how I may be able to help you and other valuable resources.