(STUDYFINDS) — When you’re sad or stressed, do you have someone you can reach out to in confidence for help? A new survey suggests millions of Americans may be forced to bottle up their emotions and secrets when it comes to having someone to confide in.
The survey, commissioned by the counseling service BetterHelp, found that a quarter of the 2,000 adults questioned didn’t have someone to privately turn to for their their private struggles or thoughts. Seven in ten participants admitted that when sharing their feelings with a co-worker, friend, or romantic partner, they tend hold back their true feelings. And a staggering 90% of participants say they downplay their emotions so they don’t burden or worry a loved one.