The large mental health study reveals the debilitating effect migraines can have on a person’s life. Moreover, it also revealed migraine sufferers are also more likely to experience mental health troubles such as anxiety and depression.
Migraine sufferers found to be more vulnerable in society
The recent study analysed data from almost 22,000 Canadians. This makes it one of the largest studies of its kind. Out of those who took part, 2,200 have been diagnosed with migraines.
It was discovered that 1 in every 12 patients who suffered from migraines had tried to commit suicide. There was also a higher risk indicated if the sufferer had also experienced domestic or sexual abuse. Lifetime suicide attempts ranked at 8.7% for migraine sufferers, compared to just 2.3% for those who weren’t. Moreover, out of those who admitted they had tried to commit suicide, 30% of them have migraines.
What is the link between depression and migraine?
The exact link between depression and migraines isn’t fully known. However, doctors think there may be an underlying genetic reason, or some form of biochemical link, which makes a person more likely to suffer from both conditions at the same time.
Logically, when patients experience chronic migraines, it has a significant negative impact on their quality of life. It can affect everything from their ability to work to their relationships. So, the daily emotional stress the condition causes is an understandable and likely trigger for depression.
The more severe the migraines, the more likely it is patients could consider taking their own lives. Similarly, having migraines can trigger anxiety. Sufferers have no idea when the next attack will strike, which can lead to high levels of anxiety on a daily basis. This too can trigger depression. People living with anxiety often report suffering from depression too.
The importance of seeking effective treatment
This new research highlights how important it is for patients to seek treatment for both migraines and depression. There are effective migraine treatments out there, such as Botox injections which are particularly effective at treating chronic migraines.
The symptoms of depression should also be treated in order to reduce the risk of suicidal thoughts. Both cognitive behavioural therapy and medications are available to treat depression. There is now much more awareness of mental health issues and as such there are far more treatments available.
If you are living with chronic migraines and it’s negatively impacting your daily life, Botox treatment could be an ideal option. Book a consultation with a Botox specialist today to discover more about the treatment and whether it’s an ideal choice for you.
This new study reveals just how severe the symptoms of migraines can be. With effective treatment options available, patients shouldn’t feel the need to suffer in silence.
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