To better understand this topic, it is important to distinguish between a stressor and a crisis. A stressor is an event or experience that stimulates a heightened response. A crisis occurs when the usual mechanisms used to cope with stressors no longer work. During midlife, multiple stressors can trigger a crisis, varying factors including education, gender, and interpersonal relationships. While all crises are caused by stressors, not all stressors trigger crises.
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