February 23, 2012 by staff
Depression Migraines, Women who have had migraine headaches are more likely than other women to develop depression, according to a new finding based on 14 years of health data.
The findings are to be presented Feb. 22 in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
“This study confirms it: Having migraines increases your risk of depression, which we’ve suspected for many years,” said Dr. Timothy A. Collins, a Duke University Medical Center neurologist who was not involved with the research. Collins specializes in headache treatment.
Researchers looked at more than 36,000 women enrolled in the Women’s Health Study, and found that after 14 years, depression had developed among those who suffered from migraines at a higher rate than among those who didn’t get the throbbing headaches.
Study researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said women who have migraines shouldn’t assume they’ll develop depression, but should be aware of the link to the increased risk.
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