Study: Female Migraine Sufferers Face Increased Risk of Depression

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Dr. Timothy Collins (dukehealth.org)

A look at data relating to women’s health collected over 14 years has revealed that women who have ever suffered from migraines are 1.3 times more likely to develop depression than women with no history of migraine.

The researchers looked at over 36,000 women without depression enrolled in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s ongoing Women’s Health Study. Of the study participants, more than 6,500 reported having experienced a migraine before.

After 14 years, nearly 4,000 of the participants reported suffering from depression, and those women who initially reported a history of migraine were more likely to be among those now suffering from depression.

Dr. Timothy Collins, a headache specialist who was not involved with the study, finds the results compelling.

“Before this study, I didn’t ask my patients if they had depression, but now I will.”

Dr. Collins’ Vitals profile lists him as a neurologist at Duke University Medical Center with 20 years of experience. Visit Vitals to find a neurologist near you.

 

(Source: Health on Today)