April 2012

According to a recently released report from the American Psychological Association, 75 percent of Americans cite money as the main cause of their stress. The report, based on the findings of a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the APA, found a decreasing number of participants reporting consistently high levels of stress but also a significant number of Americans who didn’t link their stress levels with risk of disease. Though 90 percent of participants believe stress can lead to major illnesses, 31 percent said it had little or no impact on their own health. Caregivers, the obese, and depressed individuals reported higher levels of stress, according to the survey. Among causes of stress, money was followed by work, relationships, family responsibilities and health.