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High stress was linked to poor health in King County adults. 

People experience stress in response to challenges in everyday life. Sometimes stress can help us get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of depression, heart disease, and other problems by “turning on” biological stress responses too often and for too long.

Based on their responses to 4 questions about how often they had experienced selected symptoms of stress in the past 30 days, “perceived stress” scores on a scale from 4 (low) to 20 (high) were computed for King County adults. In 2011, King County adults had an average stress score of 8.6.

  • Military service was not related to stress score.  About 10% of respondents were veterans, and almost all had completed their military service more than 12 months before the survey.
  • Adults in poor or fair health reported significantly more stress than those in excellent, very good, or good health.