Wednesday, May 07, 2008

news: migraine disease & mental illness


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As so many of us already know from our own experiences, researchers have learned that mental illness is often associated with migraine disease.

A study published in the April 2008 edition of the journal Headache said migraine patients have a higher prevalence of major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and social phobia than non-migraineurs.

Migraine Often Associated with Mental Illness

They report in the journal Headache that study subjects with migraine had a higher lifetime and 12-month prevalence of major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia, relative to migraine-free study subjects.

The association between migraine and psychiatric disorders did not differ significantly according to gender, age, place of residence, or level of education.

The researchers also found that having migraine and any mental health disorder increased the chance that patients would have 2-week disability, restriction of activities, poorer quality-of-life, or mental health care use.


It is not known, however, to what extent living with the pain and disability of migraine disease is responsible for mental illness and to what extent this tendency is part of the body chemistry of people with migraine disease.

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