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People who suffer from migraines are also more likely to have depression and think about suicide than counterparts who do not have them.
Data were analyzed from a representative sample of more than 67,000 people who participated in the 2005 Canadian Community Health survey.
Migraines were found to be more common in women – nearly one out of every seven women suffers from migraines, while men experience migraines at a rate of one in every 16. Regardless of gender, depression among people with migraines was about twice as common as in people without migraines. Younger migraine sufferers were at the highest risk level for depression. Young women migraine sufferers under the age of 30 were more than six times as likely to have depression as those over age 65.
In addition to researching the relationship between migraine and depression, researchers also looked at the association between migraines and thoughts of suicide. They found that regardless of gender, migraine sufferers were twice as likely to have seriously considered suicide than those who did not experience migraines. Again there was a notable difference for younger migraine sufferers, who were four times more likely to consider suicide when compared to those over 65 years of age.
"We are not sure why younger migraineurs have such a high likelihood of depression and suicidal ideation," said Meghan Schrumm, co-author of the study. "It may be that younger people with migraines have not yet managed to find adequate treatment or develop coping mechanisms to minimize pain and the impact of this chronic illness on the rest of their lives."
Sources: MedicalNewsToday, Depression Research and Treatment
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