Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Stress Stats

Take a look at some of these recent stress statistics, courtesy of the American Psychological Association (APA). Whether you’re stressed-out and looking for a way out, or simply curious about how stress may be affecting your life, you’re not alone …


• Two thirds of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress. (APA Survey 2004)

• Fifty-four percent of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their everyday lives. (APA Survey 2004)

• 62% of Americans say work has a significant impact on stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)

• A majority of workers (52%) are more stressed because of work than home. (APA Survey 2004)

• 54% of workers are concerned about health problems caused by stress. (APA Survey 2004)

• 45% of workers list job insecurity has a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)

• 61% of workers list heavy workloads as a significant impact on work stress levels. (APA Survey 2004)

• Executives and managers tend to have the most stressful jobs, while self-employed workers are the least stressed. (APA Survey 2004)

• One in four workers have taken a mental health day off from work to cope with stress. (APA Survey 2004)

• 73% of Americans name money as the number one factor that affects their stress level. (APA Survey 2004)

• An estimated 121 million people world-wide currently suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)

• Eight to 20 percent of older adults experience symptoms of depression. (Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health 1999)

• Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse. (National Institutes of Mental Health)

• Approximately six million American men suffer from depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)

• Nearly twice as many American women as men are affected by depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)

• Approximately 18.8 million American adults have depression. (National Institutes of Mental Health)

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