You’re not alone if you experience heart palpitations, sweaty palms, erratic thoughts, and a desperate need to get away from it all nearly every second of the live long day.
Turns out, people in Connecticut share a very common thread: anxiety. Looking at a most recent study, it’s pretty high, too.
And it makes sense. Our taxes are ridiculously high, we’re in a perpetual state of layoffs, our Governor and his posse are too busy kissing up to Washington to tackle Connecticut’s problems, businesses are leaving by the dozen… and yet our politicians tell us worrywarts that we’re absolutely nuts for thinking things aren’t getting better.
Clearly, there is no war in Ba Sing Se.
So, like any rational person, residents are having a bit of difficulty handling their emotions. With most people working extended hours, taking less vacation, and scraping up what they have to make ends meet because the cost of living here is remarkably high – it’s obviously a major struggle.
ConnecticutByTheNumbers reports that a recent study confirms that Nutmeggers are inherently more anxious than the rest of the state. But when looking at the national average as a whole: we’re faring a tad better than some of our neighbors.
Then again, this study came from Google who measured a population’s anxiety by their Google searches on words akin to “anxiety.” Anyways, Maine topped the list this year with an impressive 21% above the national average. Oregon was deemed the “least anxious” state with 26% below the national average.
Connecticut lead a good portion of the states with about 5 to 10% above the national average.
But it’s another finding that had me sucking in air and wincing out an “Oooooh. Makes sense.”
Based on Internet searches alone, American anxiety is up a whopping 150% from 10 years ago with anxieties jumping by an exorbitant amount every year since 2010.
As to what economists are rationalizing what’s behind this major national change: poverty and prescription drug abuse.
Are those two reasons really behind why people are feeling less relaxed and comfortable with their situations? Or is it something else entirely?
Either way, Connecticut’s emotional health isn’t getting better and little idea is given on how to remedy it.