How can I prove or disprove the idea that social stress and social networks affect an individual's health?
Your first need is to define "stress" more precisely, and in a manner that is medically necessary. How are you measuring it? I have some ideas which are not mutually exclusive. We know that certain stress hormones can be chronically raised in those under long-term stress. Can you measure that or are you relying on others who do? Also, identify the "stress-related diagnoses" and the psychiatric diagnoses related to stress/anxiety. I would recommend finding an ICD-9 site in which you can run a search on them. What medications are prescribed for stress/anxiety? What medications are useful in the short-term and which in the long-term.
Your first need is to define "stress" more precisely, and in a manner that is medically necessary. How are you measuring it? I have some ideas which are not ...
Focusing awareness on how stress or anxiety results in chronically elevated stress hormone levels and subsequent medical problems. Attention is drawn to narrowing down the definitions involved including stress and anxiety using the ICD-9 billing codes. Treatment is not discussed.