Psychologists' Study Says Docs Not Helping Us to Cope with Stress

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Stressed_manThe American Psychological Association's Stress in America™ survey released this month indicated that stress levels in the American adult population continue to creep upward and two-thirds of people say they are not doing a good job of managing their stress. As we discuss in our Coping with Stress and Depression webinar, unmanaged stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, the majority of people surveyed (53 percent) report that they are getting little or no stress management support from their health care providers.

The news from the APA is not encouraging overall as stress levels rise, but is even more troubling with regard to the younger generations of adults. Those aged 18-48 are faring poorly as compared to the older population, reporting a higher level of stress (5.4 out of 10) versus 4.7 for Baby Boomers (48-66) and 3.7 for Matures (67 and older). In addition, nearly half of people in these younger generations perceive that they are not adequately managing their stress, and fewer than twenty percent say that their health care provider supports them a "lot or a great deal" on stress management. 

If you’re struggling with stress and concerned that you may have a mood disorder, learn about depression and bipolar disorder (visit the Depression section of our website). Knowing that, according to this survey, many doctors are not engaging with their patients on stress and mental health issues, you can be prepared for your appointment with a list of your concerns, your symptoms (including duration and severity), information about your family's mental health history (use our Mental Health Family Tree), and even the results of an online depression screening test (our Depression and Bipolar Test is free and anonymous).

Watch our Coping with Stress and Depression webinar to learn about the many positive things that you can do to manage your stress.

Click on the link for more about the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America™survey.

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