Americans have endured a great deal of stress and anxiety this past year as the political climate has intensified. Tally that stress with the everyday burdens Americans face and anxiety rises.
To combat this anxiety, many Americans are turning to bookstores. According to Barnes & Noble, anxiety-related sales have increased by 26% between last year and June 2018.
“We may be living in an anxious nation,” said Liz Hardwell, Senior Director of Merchandising.
The stats taken from the book retailer are not the only reports that show an increase in anxiety. According to a poll administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), nearly 40% of Americans are more anxious now than they were a year ago.
Hardwell says the good news is that “book buyers across the country are also looking for solutions to their stress.”
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According to their sales reports, the top-selling titles include: The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne, The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points by Alice Boyes, and The Anxiety and Worry Workbook: The Cognitive Behavioral Solution by David Clark and Aaron Beck.
Anxiety book sales increased the most dramatically in California, followed by Michigan and Massachusetts. Conversely, Anxiety book sales dropped the most in Texas, North Carolina, and Florida, according to Barnes and Noble.
Though anxiety levels have increased for many Americans, in the same APA poll, a little over half (51%) said they have never sought care from a mental health professional.
The rise in mental health-related book sales may suggest that Americans are seeking self-treatment methods to overcome their anxiety. Whether those affected seek professional care, or self-help books, seeking out positive ways to overcome anxiety is what matters.
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