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According to a new study from an American Psychological Association survey, young American adults find it hard to manage their stress and get health care designed to meet their needs.
The group, known as Millennials, scored an average stress level of 5.4 on a 10-point scale, compared to the national average of 4.9. The report also revealed the Millennials say there is a gap between what they want from their health care system and what it actually delivers.
“When people receive professional help to manage stress and make healthy behavior changes, they do better at achieving their health goals,” said American Psychological Association CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD.
“Unfortunately, our country’s health system often neglects psychological and behavioral factors that are essential to managing stress and chronic diseases. In order for our nation to get healthier, lower the rates of chronic illnesses, and lower health care costs, we need to improve how we view and treat stress and unhealthy behaviors that are contributing to the high incidence of disease in the US.”
The survey revealed that the most vulnerable people are those with little or no stress management support from their health care provider. As many as 53 percent said they had little or no support.
As many as 20 percent of respondents stated they had stress levels that rated a nine out of 10, which is considered extreme.
The authors described Americans’ attempts at managing stress to be a hard “struggle.” While stress levels may have dropped from 5.2 in 2011 to 4.9 in 2012, the numbers are still higher than a healthy average of 3.6.
Only 17 percent of the people surveyed said they talked to their health care providers about stress, while 32 percent said that having those conversations was extremely important.
Source: MedicalNewsToday, APA
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