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Is stress the only cause of all health problems?

No, people sometimes assume that stress alone is responsible for a wide range of physical, psychological, and behavioral problems, which may, in fact, stem from other causes. Research does not always make clear the difference between correlation and cause and effect; many conditions correlated with stress are not necessarily caused by stress, although stress may be a factor. When we focus on stress alone as the cause of most or all health problems, we run the risk of ignoring multiple social, political, and genetic determinants of health.

For example, a research study concluding that stress puts women at a higher risk of experiencing intense hot flashes and insomnia may not examine the possibility that women who experience hot flashes and insomnia are more likely to feel distressed by the experience and therefore report higher stress levels.

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