Charts explaining stress

One in two Americans reported a major stressful event in the last year, according to a new study by National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. The study, as reported by Vox, includes several charts explaining stress.

Top stress-inducing experiences. Illness, disease and death of a loved one were the top stress-inducing experiences reported by 2500 Americans surveyed by the study.

charts explaining stress

Illness, disease and death of loved one were leading causes of stress.

Family issues, life changes and problems with personal relationships also figured high.






Stress reporting by group. People with poor health are more likely to report stress than the general population.

charts explaining stress

People with illness were more likely to experience stress.

People with disabilities and chronic illness also reported higher levels of stress.







Daily causes of stress. Daily causes of stress included juggling schedules, worrying about politics and government, and listening to the news.

charts explaining stress

Daily causes of stress include juggling family schedules, politics and the news.

Carrying out household tasks and running errands were other key sources of daily stress.





Effects of stress.

A stress cycle can be created, according to the study.

charts explaining stress

Stress impacts health, families and work; which in turn adds to stress levels.

Family life, personal health, work and friendships are all adversely impacted by stress. These, in turn, become contributors to stress, creating a stress cycle.



More information on the study can be found at the Robert Wood Johnson FoundationComing next: Charts explaining how to deal with stress.






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