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Depression & Changes in Migraine Headaches

1/4/2013 12:00 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Migraine headaches can change from occasional attacks to chronic migraine.  This change (transformation) in migraine pattern can be associated with depression.  Research published in Journal of Headache Pain revealed that increased severity of depression increases risk of headache transformation.  And, the more severe the depression, the greater the likelihood migraines will transform to daily headaches.  The link between depression and migraine is uncertain.  Depression should be treated as a separate problem in patients with migraine.  Future investigation should examine the role of depression treatment and prevention of migraine transformation.

At my northshore clinic, I fully evaluation headache patients and treat underlying depression as part of a comprehensive care plan.

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