Every era has its stressors. But our times can feel especially tumultuous. A 2017 American Psychological Association (APA) poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans find that the future of the nation is a significant source of stress. And, according to a March 2018 national survey by the APA, more Americans feel anxious than they did in 2017. The nation’s anxiety score has increased five points since 2017. People worry about safety, health, paying bills, and politics. Depression scores are up, as well, according to the 2017 Gallup-Sharecare Wellbeing Index.

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Therese Borchard
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  1. Ira R Dobrin

    Therese is absolutely correct! We can keep our logs standing but we need to be cognizant of these points so we may have some control over our stressors!

  2. Leslie

    Well put, Therese. You really are a gifted writer. I agree with every word you’ve written here. When I’m with family or friends who are not like-minded regarding politics, we try to stay away or at least greatly limit conversations which could become overly contentious. When in a like-minded group it can feel good to talk politics, even if it’s like preaching to the choir. It can be reassuring, validating and remind us that everyone isn’t an extremist on the opposite pole. Even in the depths of my deepest depression I was able to drag myself out to vote in the presidential election…so at least I can’t blame the result on my own lack of participation. ?

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