Migraines Linked to Depression in Women
Women whoِ haveِ hadِ migraine headaches areِ more likelyِ than otherِ women toِ develop depression, according toِ a newِ finding based onِ 14 years ofِ health data.
This study confirms it: Having migraines increases yourِ risk ofِ depression, whichِ we’veِ suspected forِ many years, saidِ Dr.
Collins, a Duke University Medical Center neurologist whoِ wasِ notِ involved withِ theِ research.
A predominantly women’s affliction
Migraines canِ last fourِ to 72 hours andِ are oftenِ accompanied byِ pulsating pain, nausea, vomiting andِ sensitivity toِ light andِ sound.
One inِ 10 Americans hasِ migraines, according toِ theِ National Institute ofِ Neurological Disorders andِ Stroke, butِ they affect women threeِ times moreِ often thanِ men.
One previous study foundِ that women withِ moreِ than 15 chronic headaches a month areِ four times moreِ likelyِ to haveِ depression thanِ women whoِ haveِ fewerِ than 15.
Women with any history of migraine are at risk
Kurth andِ fellow researchers looked atِ 36,154 women withoutِ depression whoِ wereِ enrolled inِ the Women’s Health Study, anِ ongoing investigation conducted byِ Brigham andِ Women’s Hospital andِ Harvard Medical School.
After 14 years, 3,971 ofِ the women inِ the study hadِ developed depression.
There areِ no good theories toِ explain theِ link betweenِ depression andِ migraines, Collins said, thoughِ someِ haveِ suggested hormones play a role.
Collins recommends that women talk with their doctors about how frequently they have their headaches.
There’s medication thatِ canِ alleviate theِ pain asِ well asِ prevent themِ fromِ happening soِ often, heِ said.
Before thisِ study, I didn’tِ askِ my patients ifِ they hadِ depression, Collins added.
But nowِ I will..