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Psychology Poll: Election Anxiety, Virus Harming Mental Health

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 October 2020 04:58 PM

Coronavirus and the presidential election have been a "significant source" of stress in the lives of up to 8 and 10 Americans, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.

The report also found 60% of adults feel overwhelmed by all the issues the United States is dealing with.

The Gen Z group was most likely to feel depressed, including 7 in 10 reporting feelings of restlessness, loneliness, miserable, or unhappy just two weeks before the survey.

"Nearly 1 in 5 adults (19%) say their mental health is worse than it was at this time last year," according to the "Stress in America 2020: A National Mental Health Crisis" report. "By generation, 34% of Gen Z adults report worse mental health, followed by Gen X (21%), millennials (19%), boomers (12%), and older adults (8%)."

The online poll, conducted between Aug. 4-26, included responses from 2,409 adults age 18 and older and 1,026 teens ages 13-17 in the United States.

"This compounding stress will have serious health and social consequences if we don't act now to reduce it," Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., APA's chief executive officer, said in a news release. "We're already seeing this with some of the youngest members of our nation, who just seven months into the crisis are beginning to show signs of serious mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety."

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