Migraine headaches and mental health issues are closely linked.

According to a survey from the National Library of Medicine, people who suffer from migraines are more than two times as likely to report mental health issues compared to those without migraines. Commonly reported mental health issues include anxiety and depression. Here’s what you should know about the connection between migraine and mental health.

Migraine, Anxiety, and Depression

One of the most commonly reported mental health problems associated with migraines is depression. People who suffer from depression also tend to report symptoms of anxiety.  For some people, anxiety or depression begins months or years after the migraines start – since migraines can be extremely debilitating. For others, migraines develop after living with anxiety or depression for some time.

In addition to anxiety and depression, people who suffer from migraines have also reported suffering from panic attacks, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, and agoraphobia. Research also suggests that people with chronic migraines are more likely to suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to the general population.

Treatment Options

Various medications are available to help manage migraines, depression, and anxiety. For example, many healthcare professionals consider antidepressants an effective treatment option for certain cases of migraines. In other cases, a combination of antidepressants and another medication that can directly treat migraines may be more effective. For people who suffer from migraines and PTSD, research suggests that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be considered an effective treatment option.

Special challenges exist for doctors treating a person with a concurring chronic migraine and anxiety disorder. It’s important to discuss treatment and medication options with your healthcare professional or medical specialist. Your doctor will need to closely monitor you to see if there are any side effects and make sure that the medication isn’t making your headaches worse. Each case is unique and an experienced doctor can help you develop a treatment plan that works best for you.

Making Lifestyle Changes

For some, making lifestyle changes can have a significant impact to prevent or lessen migraine headaches. Some common lifestyle changes include:

  • Developing a healthy diet (e.g., eating meals regularly, eating a healthy breakfast)
  • Maintaining regular sleep patterns
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Reducing stress
  • Avoiding triggers

Migraine headaches can be very disruptive to your daily routine, but there are ways to help reduce its frequency or intensity. Be sure to spend time with family, friends, and participate in activities that you enjoy. Isolating yourself can lead to depression or worsen anxiety.

Contact Headache TMJ – Los Angeles Pain Clinic Today

Migraines and mental health issues can disrupt your everyday life – making it hard to enjoy the things you used to. If you are experiencing any kind of head pain, contact our clinic so we can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. Headache TMJ is the top orofacial pain clinic in Los Angeles, California. We provide the best treatment services for patients suffering from complex head, face, mouth, temporomandibular joint, neck pain, snoring, or other related symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Our clinic serves patients in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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