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Migraines: Physical, Mental, or Both?

June is National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month. Migraines may include the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision

  • Light and sound sensitivity

  • Nausea

  • Disrupted vision

In addition, some migraines are resistant to over-the-counter pain management medications.

While migraines can only be diagnosed by medical experts, practitioners in the mental health profession are becoming more aware of causative factors. Specifically, despite the widely-accepted theory migraines originate strictly from biological sources, research now indicates elements of mental health, such as trauma, may also contribute.

Consider the following: migraines “may be tied to the same neurochemical conditions associated with trauma, depression, and anxiety.” 1

In addition, migraines can also be induced by stress responses in overdrive or emotions that have historically been repressed. Last, those reporting higher levels of emotional and/or childhood abuse were “50% more likely to report being diagnosed with a migraine.” 2

If you or a loved one currently experiences migraines, medical professions can provide accurate diagnosing along with medication prescriptions. In addition, mental health professionals may be able to better assist with other contributing factors


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