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Stress growing in America

Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:36am

The annual American Psychological Association Stress Survey was released and the outcome... not good for Americans.

The report shows we are still reporting high levels of stress.

More than 22 percent of Americans have "extreme stress."

Nearly 45 percent of Americans say their stress has increased over the past 5 years.

However, the disconnect between stress and health is what causes the most concern for psychologists because 30 percent of people believe their stress doesn't have a negative affect on their health.

Dr. Julia Becker says, "Stress does effect physical and emotional health and research has shown that there's a lot of physical problems that have a link to stress such as high blood pressure, irritable bowl syndrome, pain disorders, migraine headaches, just to name a few."

The best way to combat minor to moderate stress, doctors say is exercise, deep breaths and yoga.

But for more severe cases,  it's best to seek professional help.

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