Stressed Out

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 5:25pm

New study shows Americans are learning to cope with stress.

Americans' stress levels have fallen in recent years.

That doesn't mean we're any less stressed out.

A new study finds we're just getting used to it.

Money is the number one source of stress in America.

The economy has improved little since 2007, when the American Psychological Association first started analyzing stress levels in the U.S.

You may be surprised to learn that since then, despite the sagging economy, America's overall stress levels have improved according to the group's latest report, released on Wednesday.

Stress is a more consistent part of life now, and experts think we're simply getting used to it.

While a majority of surveyed Americans say the economy and work are major stresses, more than half also pointed the finger at relationships and family responsibilities.

It's possible one group could cause stress levels to rise once more.

Caregivers are one of the country's most stressed out groups, facing the pressure of caring for sick loved ones as well as their own financial and physical concerns.

The number of those having to take care of extended family members is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as the Baby Boomer population ages.

Chronic illnesses like depression and obesity are also sizable stresses, often contributing to a vicious cycle.

Stress itself affects us physically, even making us more prone to illnesses.
 

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