Stress levels among those in the Millennial generation, ages 18-33, have hit an all-time high, according to a new survey by the American Psychological Association.
On a 10-point scale, the average stress level of Millennials was 5.4, compared to the national average of 4.9 for other ages. And 20 percent of respondents reported experiencing “extreme stress” levels of 8-9. Despite the fact that 32 percent of respondents considered it very important to talk with their healthcare providers about stress management, only 17 percent reported having these conversations regularly.
Communication is key to a successful patient-doctor relationship and good health. So if you feel uncomfortable speaking to your physician about stress or any other topic, take action. There’s no rule that says you have to stick with a doctor because you’ve seen him or her for years. Shop around for a physician you can communicate with and keep looking until you find the right fit.