Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Migraines & Depression: Migraines Associated with Increased Risk of Major Depressive Episodes


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A research study presented at the International Headache Congress earlier this month found a relationship between migraines and an increased risk of major depressive episodes.

News: Migraine Increases Risk for Major Depressive Episodes

A major depressive episode is a marked decrease in mood and loss of interest in activities that represents a change from the person's normal mood and social, occupational or educational functioning for at least a two week period plus five or more of the following symptoms:
  • Depressed mood for most of every day
  • Insomnia
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness or slow movement due to mental tension and anxiety
  • Indecisiveness or diminished concentration
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation
Study participants with migraines had a 22% risk of experiencing a major depressive episode. The study author Geeta Modgill said these results could indicate the two conditions have shared causes or that migraines contribute to development of depression.

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News: Migraine Disease and Mental Illness
Making Sense of Migraine Disease and Depression

Sources:
PsychCentral: Major Depressive Episode Symptoms
Psychomotor Agitation
News: Migraine Increases Risk for Major Depressive Episodes

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