With todays far from easy going lives, it’s no wonder that migraines are among the most common nuisances we have to constantly struggle with. And the women who often have to put up with 72 hours long migraines, now have another thing to worry about. A new study shows that migraines are likely to bring about depression in women.
On February 22, New Orleans is the place where all the bright minds in neurology will gather to present their findings. One of the studies that will be presented during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology pin points the connection between migraines and depression in women.
The study in focus is based on about 14 years of data coming from more than 36,000 women that took part in the Women’s Health Study. After the scientists finally figured out the huge amount of statistics, they eventually came to the conclusion that migraines and depression are somehow linked.
Basically, the data researchers had at hand showed a connection between patients who had developed depression and cases of migraines. It seems the rate of which depression and migraines were connected was higher than that of the patients who didn’t suffer from such mind-boggling headaches.
The findings might not come as a surprise for many women out there that at times have migraines that last for two or three days. And it’s also logical that people with migraines aren’t exactly the happiest persons in the world, but the study finally brings proof to the analytical scientific community.
Furthermore, the findings will help doctors have a better understanding of the risks and effects of migraines. And let’s not forget, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about one in 10 Americans experiences migraines.
But women who have migraines shouldn’t just assume they will become depressed at some point. Study researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth advises women to be aware of the risks migraines carry before fearing the worst. Plus, as Kurth points out, there are still “no good theories” to explain exactly how depression and migraines are linked, but scientists think hormones might be involved.