Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Headaches and mental health

Headache has consistently been shown to be associated with depression and anxiety disorders and recent studies have found that adverse childhood events may play a part in this. A study of 18,303 people in 10 different countries found that the number of childhood adversities - for example child abuse, divorce, poverty etc - was associated with adult-onset headaches. Early and current-onset of depression/anxiety disorders were also associated with an increased risk of headaches.

Lee, Sing ... [et al] - Association of headache with childhood adversity and mental disorder: cross-national study British Journal of Psychiatry February 2009, 194(2), 111-116

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