Chronic headache raises depression risk in women

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Chronic headaches, particularly migraines and those that are disabling, in conjunction with severe somatic symptoms –physical symptoms of a psychological origin rather than a physical source — greatly increase the risk of major depressive disorder in women, according to a report in the medical journal Neurology.

“The literature on chronic headaches and depression is fairly robust. A number of studies have shown that headache patients are predisposed to depression,” lead author Dr. Gretchen E. Tietjen, from the University of Toledo-Health Science Campus in Ohio, told Reuters Health. “The novelty of our study was the inclusion of somatic symptoms, which was only previously investigated in one small study.”
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