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Work, Terrorism, Economy Leave Americans Stressed

'Tylenol survey' shows the pressure is mounting

THURSDAY, June 27, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- If you find yourself feeling more stressed out than usual these days, you aren't alone.

A poll by the makers of Tylenol reports that in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and a declining economy, more than half the Americans surveyed say they are feeling the pinch of lack of time, which they blame on working too many hours; fear of terrorism; and worry over their ability to pay bills and purchase the things they desire. In other words, the pressure is really mounting.

In addition to physical symptoms like headaches, back pain and irregular heartbeat, respondents to the survey, sponsored by McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, report that they are more irritable and depressed than they were a year ago.

And while most of those surveyed worry that stress is bad for their health, a significant number also say that stress causes them to eat less healthful food and exercise less.

Although men and women report feeling stressed, women are more likely to report their own health or family issues as a cause. Women are more likely to cope with stress by eating "comfort foods," while men are more likely to turn to alcohol or watch television.

More Information

For ways to cope with everyday stress, check out the National Mental Health Association.

SOURCE: McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, news release, June 25, 2002
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