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D.C. residents are more inclined than most to embrace a stressful lifestyle.
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D.C. residents are more inclined than most to embrace a stressful lifestyle.

New findings from the American Psychological Association reveal a decrease in stress levels among Americans for the first time in five years, and a tendency for D.C. residents to embrace a stressful lifestyle.

The results suggest the overall stress average is down, and they also show the percentage of those reporting bouts with extreme stress has dropped from 32 percent in 2007 to 22 percent in 2011. Researchers who released the findings today at town hall style meeting at the Newseum say we're changing the way handle stress.

Dr. Norman Anderson, Chief Executive officer of the APA says D.C. area residents have adapted well under stress.

"The levels of stress in D.C. aren't necessarily higher than the rest of the county, but one of the things we found is that D.C. residents said that a higher level of challenge in their life was actually positive for them and that fits with other research that shows as challenges go up, people are energized by them and perform better," says Anderson.

The annual 'Stress in America' survey was conducted online among 1,200 adults across the country.

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