The American Psychological Association (APA) recently released its Stress in AmericaTM report (the full report can be located here). This year the report highlighted the stress experienced by American youth (teens ages 13-17) stating “high stress and ineffective coping mechanisms appear to be ingrained in our culture”. Since the survey has begun, it has continued to find that American adults report higher stress levels than what they believe to be healthy. For example, recent results indicated that adults report that stress impacts their physical health (30 percent) and mental health (33 percent). This APA report, continues to drive home one important message, “we need to improve our health system to equally address both physical and mental health”.

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