Depression and Your Migraines

Depression and Your Migraines

For many years researchers and doctors have found there is a link between depression and migraines. Having suffered from them myself until recently, I wonder how I avoided becoming permanently depressed. I concluded that it was my faith in Christ that sustained me all those horrible years.

There were many days where death seemed to be the best option because of the pain. This mindset would lead almost anybody to a depressed state of mind. Most migraine sufferers can probably relate to this.

Studies In This Area

I have recently heard the term bi-directionally co-morbid.  What this means is that if you have one condition you are at greater risk to develop the other. Migraines are known for severe pain and disability in those who suffer from them. Living with this chronic illness can lead to depression because it causes reduced quality of life.

Not being able to function normally or enjoy life would cause depression in most sufferers over time. Mood changes can also trigger migraines in some sufferers. In 2010 a Dutch study was conducted. What they found was a possible genetic link between depression and migraine. They believed the conditions were related by genes rather than one causing the other.

Additional Studies

Nine years ago, a study was conducted by the National Headache Foundation.  What they found was that over 90% of migraine sufferers said they would be happier if they didn’t have migraines. That's a no brainer!

They also found that 80% had energy loss, 75% suffered lack of sleep and more. They found that 68% lost interest in pleasurable activities and had difficulty concentrating.

Female who is depressed looking at the floor

What Are The Symptoms Of Depression?

There are many symptoms to look for when diagnosing depression. Here are some examples of what to look for.

  • Have your eating habits changed, are you overeating or losing your appetite?
  • Agitation, irritable, restless or hand-wringing?
  • Has your sex drive diminished or have you lost interest in pleasurable activities?
  • Feelings of worthlessness or feelings of guilt.
  • No energy, tired all the time or fatigued?
  • Having a hard time concentrating, making decisions or remembering things?
  • Have your sleep patterns changed or are you crying for no apparent reason?

It has been proven that some medications being used to treat depression have aided in preventing migraines. I tell every migraine sufferer to please keep a journal so you can track symptoms and triggers.

This really does help in dealing with migraines. Consult with your doctor if you believe you are suffering from depression or migraines.