As someone who's been under a lot of stress over the past 15yrs., I find this thread very interesting.
I had a demanding job as a Primary school teacher for 26yrs., before that and was in charge of a 40 place Nursery during my last 4yrs. of teaching. Loved the little tots, but large class sizes of very young children requires plenty of dedication and energy!
My OH started drinking heavily after the death of his parents and also his brother, who was killed in a car accident in New Zealand. So for 15yrs. I've been living with an alcoholic......treading on eggshells every day, wondering what kind of mood he was going to be in! I was diagnosed with PD almost 5yrs. ago, with no family history of anyone else suffering from Parkinson's.......so it makes you wonder.....
I made the decision to leave my OH in March this year, (not an easy thing to do, after 42yrs. of marriage). The stress was making my PD worse and I HAD to consider my long term health. Since moving out, my condition has improved, so stress definitely plays a part.
Might it be possible to re-train our brain in some way, so the dopamine works properly? I just wish someone would come up with some answers!
Rambled on enough now, but keep this thread going........
All the best to everyone.