Friday, May 01, 2009

PTSD More Common Among Migrainers: But What Is It?


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According to recent news articles people who have migraines are more likely than the general population to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Chances are you've heard of PTSD in reference to war veterans or survivors of abuse, but you might be wondering what it is, how it's identified and how it's treated.

Post-Traumatic Stress Common in Migraine Sufferers

According to the federal National Institutes of Mental Health, PTSD is an anxiety disorder experienced after someone witnesses or experiences a traumatic event. Some of the things experienced by a person suffering with PTSD are:
  • nightmares
  • flashbacks
  • loneliness and isolation
  • anger and edginess
  • thoughts of hurting yourself or others
A big unanswered question that is beyond the scope of this post is what the possible relationship is between PTSD and migraines. Are the migraines causing PTSD? Is an altogether different trauma causing both PTSD and migraines? Or is something else going on?

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