Links Between Migraines, Anxiety and Depression

The Link Between Migraines and Anxiety

Two of the most common issues connected to migraines that rarely get discussed are anxiety and depression. Researchers are discovering that migraines are having a huge effect on the mental health of those suffering from them. Imagine having severe debilitating head pain on a regular basis? Anxiety should be a no-brainer right? One study found that people with migraines are 30% more likely to experience anxiety and depression than those who don’t suffer. The studies showed clear evidence that those who suffer from migraines are more prone to experience anxiety.


Why is this?

Migraines can be very debilitating for the sufferer. The anxiety is usually related to the fear of experiencing a migraine event. Migraines can cause so many areas of your life to suffer which typically brings on anxiety and depression.  Areas such as your home life, work, friends, family, entertainment and so on. The easiest way to explain it is as follows. When a migraine sufferer begins to feel the onset of a migraine, they know what they are about to experience hence the anxiousness or panic.

This pre-migraine experience causes anxiousness as well as depression because the sufferer has experienced it many times before. They know how unbearable the migraines are and this almost always contributes to the anxiousness and depression. Migraine sufferers stated that chronic pain along with the inability to manage their households were the top two causes of their anxiousness. The fact that migraines are uncontrollable and unpredictable, I think it's safe to say this would cause anxiousness in most people.

Men versus women

Statistically, women experience anxiety more than men do overall.  Believe it or not men with migraines have a higher prevalence of anxiety than their female counterparts. Some believe this is because men typically do not take pain medication which leads to causing more anxiety in them.

Other related facts

Did you know that migraines tend to be more common in people who suffer from bipolar disorder?  It’s also a fact migraine sufferer tend to be prone to panic attack disorders and they typically hate crowded spaces. We discovered that having a social network plays a huge role in helping migraine sufferers with anxiousness. Lacking at least one person to confide in caused sufferers to be five times more prone to anxiety and depression.

Many migraine sufferers are already taking anxiety related medications on top of the other medications they are taking for their migraines. This adds to a person’s overall pharmaceutical intake not to mention the side effects associated with them. This is one discussion that definitely needs to take place more often. As mentioned before, migraines and mental health rarely get discussed together despite the fact that research show's there is a link between them. Spread the word.

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