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Can a person who is normal suddenly develop Parkinson's or parkinsonism just from stress?

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Dr. Keith Rafal
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Although there are m

Although there are many known causes of parkinsons- certain environmental toxic exposure, certain drugs, genetics, and head trauma to name a few, most have a form that does not have a known cause.
There is no evidence that stress is the primary cause of parkinson, we do know that stress can mimic the symptoms in some people and certainly exacerbate symptoms of those with this diagnosis.

In brief: Although there are m

Although there are many known causes of parkinsons- certain environmental toxic exposure, certain drugs, genetics, and head trauma to name a few, most have a form that does not have a known cause.
There is no evidence that stress is the primary cause of parkinson, we do know that stress can mimic the symptoms in some people and certainly exacerbate symptoms of those with this diagnosis.
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