Americans were already pretty stressed out in 2019. In its 13th annual "Stress in America" survey, the American Psychological Association found that stresses about specific issues such as health care and mass shootings were particularly high. Climate change, discrimination, and the upcoming election were also significant sources of stress, each increasing from the previous year. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic in the mix, Americans are struggling with a whole new set of worries.

According to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 39% of U.S. adults say worry or stress related to COVID-19 has had a negative impact on their mental health, with 12% saying it has had a "major" impact. Among adults in households who have experienced income or job loss due to the pandemic, 46% say their mental health has been impacted negatively.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.