Economic Woes and Stress
Monday, January 19, 2009

While the economic news continues to be bad, Americansí stress levels are on the rise. Dr. Edward Hill discusses stress and some of the ways people cope with it in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

As the economy worsens, Americansí stress levels are on the rise. Eighty percent of Americans said that the economy is a significant source of stress.

The stress is taking its toll on peopleís health and overall well-being. In 2008, more people reported stress-related physical and emotional symptoms than they did in 2007, and nearly half of adults said their stress has increased in the past year.

The top stressors for Americans, according to the survey by the American Psychological Association are money, the economy, work and health problems affecting the family.

The methods for dealing with stress include listening to music, which 52 percent of the people in the APA survey said they did. There are also some unhealthy coping strategies. Forty-eight percent of people say they overeat or choose unhealthy foods, while 18 percent drink alcohol to cope.

Research shows that receiving support from others is effective in managing stress, so reach out to family, friends and trusted advisors. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, then consider seeking professional help.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.