STRESS POLL: Majority Say America Is Now At The Lowest Point In US History That They Can Remember

From the American Psychological Association:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say the future of the nation is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, slightly more than perennial stressors like money (62 percent) and work (61 percent), according to the American Psychological Association’s report, “Stress in America™: The State of Our Nation”.

More than half of Americans (59 percent) said they consider this the lowest point in U.S. history that they can remember — a figure spanning every generation, including those who lived through World War II and Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

When asked to think about the nation this year, nearly six in 10 adults (59 percent) report that the current social divisiveness causes them stress. A majority of adults from both political parties say the future of the nation is a source of stress, though the number is significantly higher for Democrats (73 percent) than for Republicans (56 percent) and independents (59 percent).

“We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, APA’s chief executive officer. “The uncertainty and unpredictability tied to the future of our nation is affecting the health and well-being of many Americans in a way that feels unique to this period in recent history.”

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I don’t disagree; I agree with the phrase, “Cold Civil War.”

    • Mike Solo

      Most apt description I’ve heard yet

    • Gustav2

      This country is in a Cold Civil War, we even have NYT columnist waxing nostalgic for the Middle Ages’ Roman Catholic control of the Western world. And calling Martin Luther a tweeting propagandist.

      Who Won the Reformation? —Ross Douthat

      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/opinion/protestant-reformation.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region

      • mad-dog

        “Made-up religion” – as if his isn’t.

      • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

        Ross really is the worst kind of lay Catholic…he’s a convert.

        • Gustav2

          “Get thee to a monastery” and leave the Republic alone!

      • Steverino

        Whatever he writes, I mutter to myself: “I doubt that.”

        • JCF

          I think of him as “douche-hat”.

      • JCF

        Douthat’s about one step away (if that) from going Red-Caped Loon.

        [He really gave the game away, when talking about one Pope Frank’s (rumored—not actualized) reforms. “He can’t do that”, Douthat argued, not because it would be wrong—but for the sake of all those who been faithfully practicing the unreformed assholery! Seriously]

        Douthat can go “Exorcist” w/ a crucifix!

        https://youtu.be/zAVcYYTVJTY?t=3m53s

        • Gustav2

          I used to be able to see his point, not agree, but understand it. Now He really has gone off the deep end.

          The inability to end all abortions and marriage equality (and the inability to discriminate) in a constitutionally secular nation did it.

    • Tatonka

      Can we tinker with the word “civil”? There’s nothing civil about it. How about “Civilizational”?

    • TuuxKabin

      I miss the Cold War.

      • Snarkaholic

        I missed the Cold War…but it sounds like a helluva lot more fun than what we have now!

        • Gustav2

          I won’t tell you what I did in those backyard bomb shelters no one else ever used…

          • Snarkaholic

            You were bombed…and then torpedoed?

          • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

            and don’t forget those mushroom heads … I mean “clouds,” yeah mushroom “clouds”

        • TuuxKabin

          I was enjoying it much more than this mess, and during the the Missile Crisis my sister in law to be and I sat on the couch opening another bottle of beer every time one of those pesky rusky ships was stopped and boarded.

      • stuckinthewoods

        As someone who grew up in West Berlin before and after the Wall, I don’t miss the Cold War. Although as a kid mostly I only knew it was a “hot” period when my parents were tense, and the bust of Nefertiti suddenly appeared in the local Dahlem museum, safely away from the Russian Sector.

        • jmax

          We were stationed in Munich during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy’s assassination. I was young but the main thing I remember was not seeing my father for days on end when the military base was put on high alert.

        • TuuxKabin

          I meant it as snark. And appreciate your recollection. I lived in fear, in Northern California of the Koreans showing up at the beach and storming thru our homes. Maybe what I miss is the comfort of Grandma’s soothing hands and being near.

    • I’ve been using that a lot lately. I can’t think of a better description of the current state of affairs in the US.

  • Frostbite

    And yet people will go on voting for the same people who cause the same issues over and over. Nothing changes if nothing changes folks.

    • Snarkaholic

      I do see a tiny glimmer of hope: as more and more people turn their backs on organized religion, the number of faith-based voters will drop somewhat.

      • Frostbite

        Not enough, not when they keep cranking out those “quiverful” babies.

        • Snarkaholic

          With government handouts drying up, a lot of the poorer ones won’t be able to afford to have that many…and you KNOW the churches won’t hand over a damned dime to help feed them.

          • Frostbite

            They’ll just get their own reality shows.

        • You assume that everyone grows up and continues in their parents’ religion. About half of Americans change denominations or religions at least once in their lifetime. There’s also no guarantee that as adults they will maintain the same level of intensity in that faith.

        • iambu

          Do quiverfull women vote? I feel like, with their whole family power structure, it’d be up to the dad to vote or do any kind of civic anything. Or does he just decide for his wife and 18+ daughters and they vote however he tells them to?

          • Frostbite

            He tells them what to do like a good Christofascist.

          • iambu

            Gross.

    • David L. Caster

      That’s because too many people cannot connect cause and effect or are just too distracted to care.

    • The_Wretched

      Until every State does paper ballots with hand counting, I’m not buying results that deviate more than the margin of error from polling.

  • Rex

    All I know is that during the entire span of Obama’s presidency I didn’t wake up wondering what asinine thing he would say or do, and if we’d make it through the day without WWIII breaking out.

    • Annerdr

      Even when I disagreed with Obama, I understood why he decided the way he did. There was a logical pattern to it.

  • Adam Stevens

    Thanks Obama?

  • greenmanTN
  • Not to mention wondering how much worse things will get before they get better.

  • Tawreos

    it is not surprising when half the country is waiting for the other half to pull their heads out of their asses.

    • AJ Drew

      oh! you too have been looking at AOL comments about any article about anything?

    • JCF

      Nah, the head-in-ass crew, NEVER “half”, has shrunk to about a third.

  • Joe in PA
  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The big difference between stress levels during WW2, Vietnam, and Cuba is that now the enemy comes from within.

    • DesertSun59

      This is how you can tell the nation is about to fall apart. The GOP is actively attempting to destroy us from within while pretending that nothing bad is happening. No nation can withstand this. Dr. Johan Galtung was correct in his prediction about our Empire’s demise by 2020.

    • JCF

      Welllll, Vietnam. At least debateably “within”.

  • PickyPecker
    • Todd20036

      That’s not the worst. The worst is people are asking:

      SHOULD WE BOTHER TO VOTE IN THE MIDTERMS??

      That’s the worst.

      The answer is obvious to most readers on this forum, but not to citizens at large.

      • Dayglo

        Midterms are months away and, predictably, there is little Democratic push to gear people up to vote.

        • The_Wretched

          True enough but I still think you’re an agent provocateur.

      • David Walker

        And the locals are next Tuesday. They’re incredibly important, too.

        • Todd20036

          Yup. Not so much in DC though

      • Ninja0980

        Some people are asking that about the elections in VA and NJ next week.
        Makes you want to rip your hair out.

  • DaddyRay

    I certainly miss No Drama Obama

    • greenmanTN

      Every day asking yourself, “Can you imagine Obama saying/doing this?” and the answer always being NO!

    • JCF

      God, I even miss Dubya. Beyond annoying. Box o’ rocks stoopid. But not the EXISTENTIAL Dread Every.Freakin’.Day!

  • shellback

    pffft. I could have told you that, and I’m not a psychologist.

  • AJ Drew

    Well, if the stress level is higher for DEMS than REPS, methinks one of those groups is more able and willing to read.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Sure feels that way

  • Sam_Handwich

    59% of Americans are blaming PickyPecker for stealing my witch hat

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Not to mention the stress of living in Trump’s AmeriKKKa.

    White freshman who rubbed used tampons on her black roommate’s bag gets arrested.
    Brianna Brochu, a white student who bragged about harassing her black roommate by rubbing used tampons on her bag, pouring moldy clam dip in her lotion and putting her toothbrush inside her rectum, has been arrested.

    https://thetab.com/us/2017/11/01/white-freshman-brags-about-rubbing-used-tampons-on-her-black-roomm-73531

    https://heavy.com/news/2017/10/brianna-brochu-jazzy-rowe-university-hartford-roommate-instagram/

    • Joe in PA
    • greenmanTN

      WTAF?!

    • I…just have no words.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m glad the neighbor actually reported what he/she saw on Instagram instead of keeping quiet. Also, Brochu needs to be sued civilly for all the pain and medical costs the victim incurred. Also, NOBODY should ever hire someone that psycho. She’s liable to pour poison in the company punch at the Christmas party and if someone dumped her, she’d go all Fatal Attraction.

    • William

      Shouldn’t the toothbrush count as assault?

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I should think so. There is no way anybody can expect internal exposure to feces to be safe.

      • The_Wretched

        Rape in most places includes “by object”.

    • Todd20036

      Someone needs to be kicked out of college.

      • Danieruw

        She was.

    • Annerdr

      I’m upvoting only because the asshole got arrested, not because I’m happy about any of this.

  • Baltimatt

    MAGA

    • WNY

      Men Are Getting Arrested

    • Many Americans Get Anxiety?

    • AJ Drew

      Most Are Greatly Annoyed

    • Dayglo

      Misanthropic Assholes Get Aroused

    • More Absurdity Going Around

      • I love this!!!! 💕

    • Dayglo

      Manufacturing A Gay Agenda

    • Ann Kah

      Manafort And Gates Arrested.

    • bzrd

      Manafort’s Anxiety Gets Antacids

    • JCF

      Mueller, Arrest Grabby-Asshole!

    • Kudzu

      MTBSFGA.

      Make the Baltimore Sun forums great again! 😄

      Recluse yourself. Drain the swamp.

  • Joe in PA

    Pffft, it’s only because we are all so tired of winning. /s

  • AJ Drew
    • Sam_Handwich

      obama’s balls aren’t big enough in that rendering

      just my opinion

      • Joe in PA

        It’s all relative dear.

        That’s what I always say.

      • AJ Drew

        well, the proudest comment I can make is that I was truly there, mid-shaft!

      • AJ Drew

        Balls aside (well, ahem,) overall one of those suddenly feels stabby and one feels soothing and, oh…

    • Robincho

      Pink should be orange, no?…

    • Ann Kah

      Well, no…the lies started a long time before inauguration. And when he said “I have the biggest” he meant his nose.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    It’s no wonder stress levels are at an all time high. Every aspect of a progressive society since the New Deal is under attack by the current party in charge.

  • Snarkaholic

    At least Hoover didn’t annoy us with tweets 24/7!

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      Even during the final days of Watergate, no one ever thought Richard Nixon was a foreign agent/stooge for the Russians.

  • Jeffg166

    It probably has to get worse before it gets better.

    • Cuberly Deux

      Yep.

  • DesertSun59

    Note to self: this GOP-dominated Congress could care less. They still share 45’s base and will NOT make the slightest effort to remove this threat from our nation. They are looking forward to the complete dismantling of our nation and the institutions that have provided for us for generations.

  • Dayglo

    Our government is at war with it’s citizens and one-third of those citizens defend this.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Skewed by pessimistic Boomers, I think.

  • netxtown

    It used to be that pretty much everybody wanted to come to America. Now, according to donnie – only criminals, drug dealers, thugs, and rapists want to come here.

    • William

      Remind you of anyone?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Yup, he’s projecting…hard.

  • David Walker

    My therapist remarked on this back in March or April when I told him I couldn’t snap out of the anger and depression and sense of impending doom and help- and hopelessness. He said he wasn’t surprised by it after the election or after the inauguration, but he was surprised and concerned that it was still hanging on and in some cases getting worse. There’s a certain solace in knowing that one isn’t alone, and to see it come from a reliable source. (Hey…they stopped pronouncing us sickos in the early ’70s.)

    What I wish would happen, though, is that they’d take their gloves off and raise public concerns about the fucking moron’s mental condition.

    • Ann Kah

      They have. Thousands of mental health practitioners have publicly endorsed a letter by a group of psychiatrists who analyzed his public behavior and agreed that he was, in a word they didn’t use, completely koo-koo.

    • William

      There’s a website:

      http://www.adutytowarn.org/

  • stuckinthewoods

    Since we’re already stressed today….the World Meteorological Organization announces greenhouse gas emissions reached the highest level in 800,000 years.
    https://www.voanews.com/a/wmo-says-greenhouse-gases-at-highest-level/4092201.html

  • The_Wretched

    We’re being gaslighted daily by the WhiteHouse. It’s not just political spin, it’s weird emotional roller coaster stuff.

    • Annerdr

      It’s what people married to or being raised by narcissists experience.

    • iambu

      It’s been happening for a year. I asked my shrink after election day if she’d noticed an uptick in the same kind of anxiety I was having and she basically implied (as much as she’s really allowed to) that most of her patients were having medically diagnosable anxiety and depression symptoms related to the outcome.

  • Ninja0980

    And yet many of the people polled will still vote for Trump or any other Republican next time they vote.

  • rextrek

    well NEVER in my 57yrs – have Ive ever been Soo embarrassed to be an American – Id rather have 2 Hillary’s or another Bush Jr Before this asshole< I knew Trump was a HUGE AHOLE 3+ decades ago……….I couldn't stand Bush Jr…..at least he knew protocol…..

  • William

    Some of us sit patiently, waiting for a giant meteor to strike.

    • rextrek

      Ive been saying that – maybe the earth needs a Asteroid douche to Teach Humanity a Fucking god-dammed lesson

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        With all due respect, not all of us are fucked up…we here in the Great White North of Socialist Soviet Canuckistan are doing rather well and don’t see the need for us to be obliterated.

    • leastyebejudged

      “come Armageddon come Armageddon come”

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    Are we great again yet? Wake me up when we’re great again.

    • JCF

      I’ve got the Time Machine set for this time, 2008…

  • RickCabral

    It seems Queenie La Comb-over is making America grate again.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sadly, this comes as no surprise to many of us outside the U.S. We’ve being watching the slow and continuous rot grow and fester, most notably since Obama was elected. No, it wasn’t his fault, but those on the right who chose to deepen the party divide by turning the knife on racism as well. While the left can be blamed for inducing some, repeat some, of the stress, the reality is that the right bears the greatest culpability. Question is, what to do? or, more to the point, what can you do?

  • BarbWire

    Trump has literally given me acid reflux over the last year, a problem I’ve never had in my life – and i’m 55. I have to take medication and watch what I eat. He literally makes me sick to my stomach. I hate the way he looks, talks and gestures, I hate the grating sound of his voice, I hate his his family, I hate his Cabinet, I hate his apologists on TV and I hate what he has done to the country. So this finding makes perfect sense to me. My 88 year old mom, who has never been upset by politics, says “That Trump makes me sick to my stomach.”

  • andrew

    What do you expect? We have a man with a major narcissistic personality disorder as POTUS. This Republic has had some great men and some not so great men as president, but never in our history have we had such an incompetent and psychologically troubled man as Trump at the helm. We are in deep trouble.

  • jixter

    The current resident is doing the job that Putin hired him to do, and he’s doing it well. Death by a million little cuts.

  • leastyebejudged

    I don’t know, AIDS and the constant threat of global nuclear war seemed kinda rough.

  • Homo Erectus

    So much winning…..