More than half of U.S. adults are experiencing high levels of stress due to discrimination or unjust treatment, according to an APA report.
Discrimination at the workplace such as getting less respect, being fired or passed over for promotion, being harassed or threatened in any way and unfair questioning by police can deteriorate a person’s psychological and physical health. A recent report has found that more than half of U.S. adults are experiencing high levels of stress and health issues due to discrimination or unjust treatment.
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American Psychological Association (APA) conducted an online survey in August last year in which more than 3,000 US adults participated. Nearly 7 in 10 adults experienced discrimination while more than 60% reported that they are becoming a target of discrimination on a day to day basis.
Black adults were the most to report any sort of discrimination either in the form of abuse or physical assault by the police or disrespectful treatment at the workplace and this unfair treatment led to stress. Most of the participants believed that race is the main reason why they are experiencing discrimination.
“It’s clear that discrimination is widespread and impacts many people, whether it is due to race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation,” said Jaime Diaz-Granados, executive director for education. “And when people frequently experience unfair treatment, it can contribute to increased stress and poorer health.”
All the groups from Hispanic, Asian and black adults to women, disabled people and adults who are gay, lesbians or transgender reported overall increase in stress from last year and admitted that they have to be very cautious about their appearance and behavior in order to avoid discrimination. It was also found that people with higher levels of stress also have poorer health compared to those who reported less experience with discrimination.
“Stress takes a toll on our health and nearly one-quarter of all adults say that don’t always have access to the health care they need,” said Cynthia Belar chief executive officer at APA. “This is an issue that must be addressed.”
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Stress is known as a ‘silent killer’ which contributes to various health problems like heart disease, irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure. Everyone feels stressed from time to time but the biggest thing is how well a person deals with it and how much emotional support as well as medical care he gets when needed.