Feeling stressed? Maybe it's because you put out raging fires for a living. Or maybe you're just a lady.
Continuing with her series of depressing statistics divided into groups of fifteen, Anneli Rufus offers fifteen stats on the most stressed people ever. A lot of the findings are unsurprising: firefighters are "more than five times as stressed as librarians, janitors, and piano tuners," probably because their jobs involve running into burning buildings. Rufus doesn't address the stress levels of military service members, but she does note that their kids are more stressed-out than average, at least while parents are deployed. Perhaps more surprising but still saddening: Rufus writes, "more than half of women who have had abortions meet the DSM-IV criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder." In this case, the study authors note that women who perceived their abortion as traumatic might have been more likely to volunteer for the study, and that since their sample included a high percentage of abuse victims, traumatic prior experiences may also have influenced the development of PTSD.