Monday, June 18, 2012


BY UP TO 30% IN 30 YEARS, STUDIO - Seem like everyone is stressed out these days? Now there’s some proof to back it up. Americans are more stressed today than three decades ago, the first-ever historical analysis of stress over time has found. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University analyzed data from 1983, 2006 and 2009, and found people's self-reported stress levels have increased 10-30% in the last three decades. Who had it the worst? Women, young people and low-income Americans were the most stressed, according to data published in this month's issue of the Journal of Applied Psychology. Men may be catching up, however. Men’s stress levels increased more over time than women’s, rising 25% since 1983 versus 18%. 
"It's clear that stress is still very much present in Americans' lives, putting them at greater risk of many diseases," said Sheldon Cohen, study co-author and professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon. The data was collected from phone or online surveys of 6,300 people

High stress has been linked to a range of health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. Evaluating stress levels in different demographics may help identify populations at greater risk for physical and psychological health problems, Cohen told CBS. Researchers found people with less education, low income levels and the unemployed experienced high levels of stress. The good news is, stress went down as people got older. "Thirty-year-olds have less stress than 20-year-olds, and 40-year-olds have less stress than 30-year-olds," Cohen told USA Today. 
The 2008 financial downturn had little impact on stress except in white, middle-aged men with college educations, whose stress levels spiked considerably after 2008, increasing more than twice as fast as any other category. "They had the most to lose in terms of the effects on the market," Cohen told the Pittsbourgh Post-Gazette. "When we thought about it, it made a lot of sense."

Stress levels have risen 18% in women and 24% in men over the past 30 years, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said.  Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine told USA Today it makes perfect sense stress levels would be higher today than 30 years ago. "Economic pressures are greater, and it's harder to turn off information, and it's harder to buffer ourselves from the world," he said. We must understand the purpose of this existence, otherwise we become frustrated trying to satisfy only materialistic illusions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently published a report that brought to light the fact that depression is the fastest-growing illness in the world, representing a grave threat to humanity. Depression is a product of not knowing correct action or thought due to a false perception of our true identity. ... In today’s society, from a very young age we are brought up in an environment of competition. ... 
The purpose of life is to fully determine the appropriate niche service one has in this world; how you as a part fit into the complete whole. Just as there is no need to give to a mother a book of rules and regulations of how she should be with her baby, because in her heart her intuition tells her what is natural as her duty, in the same way we must seek out are natural function in this world and human society. Inevitably, we must share ourselves with the world, its environments and people by always looking for natural harmony as part of our spiritual growth.

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
“The Illness of the Century - Depression” -

1 comment:

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