Americans are more stressed due to economy, poll finds

Is the economy stressing you out? Did the plunging stock market make you feel depressed? Well, you're not alone. According to a Gallup-Healthways poll, the mental health of Americans is suffering as the economic crisis deepens.

The results come from a survey of 355,334 people taken almost every day last year, and polls are still be done this year, according to USA Today.

People in poorer states like West Virginia and Kentucky suffered the most, while those who lived in states with more open spaces like Alaska and Wyoming fared better. The poll also found that Hispanics had the worst emotional health of all racial groups. Otherwise, the survey found few differences among racial groups.

The emotional health of those polled was negatively affected by changes in the stock market and reports of huge job losses. Those who are between the ages of 30 to 55 also seemed to have more stress over the economy. That may be because people in that age range are more likely have a lot of financial responsibilities associated with raising a family.

Among the things the survey shows is that people across all income levels are dealing with stress related to the economy. That's not surprising given that everyone from the billionaire next door to the single mother working two jobs has been affected in some way by the current recession -- or knows someone who has. Even people who still have a healthy income and can pay their bills are looking at ways to cut costs and save more in anticipation of more economic doom and gloom.

How you handle stress related to the economy may be related to your emotional type. USA Today has a quiz to help determine your emotional type and how that may affect your reaction to news about stressful situations.

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