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Anxiety levels increasing nationwide

Americans are feeling more anxious than last year, new study finds

Posted: May. 8, 2018 10:42 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - If you're feeling anxious, you're not alone.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, Americans are feeling more anxious than last year, with the country's national anxiety score is 51 on a scale of 0 to 100, a 5-point jump since last year.

The biggest increase in anxiety levels was centered around paying bills. There's also growing anxiety over health, safety, politics and relationships.

Mason City resident Ryan Martin lives with anxiety, and agrees with the study.

"Anxiety is actually a bad thing to live with, but a lot of people have it. Mine has been getting worse every year because of a lot of stuff going on. And this year's been real bad because I'm trying to get a job and get off the streets," Martin says.

The study also found that women reported feeling more anxious than men, and Baby Boomers are experiencing the greatest increase in anxiety, along with Millennials and Gen X'ers.

However, Martin has ways to reduce it.

"Take a few deep breaths before doing what you're going to do. From there, just stay calm and stay positive," Martin adds.

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