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Posted by drummer ( on March 26, 2000 at 16:15:27:

In Reply to: Severe Headaches and Depression posted by Todd on March 26, 2000 at 15:21:54:

Since the link didn't quite work for some unknown reason. Here's the article that I believe Todd was 'typing' about.

WESTPORT, Mar 21 (Reuters Health) - There is a link between migraine and other severe headaches with major depression, but only with migraine is the association bidirectional, according to the results of a study published in the January issue of Neurology.

A telephone survey of 4,765 people, between the ages of 25 and 55 years, identified 936 people with migraine or severe headache. Another 760 served as controls. These people were interviewed in their home and asked about their experience with migraine or severe headache and depression. The study was conducted by Dr. Naomi Breslau from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan.

The study revealed that lifetime major depression was three times more likely for people with severe headaches. Migraine often signaled the onset of major depression, and vice versa. While severe headache increased the odds for major depression, the reverse was not true.

Dr. Breslau and colleagues believe that the bidirectional relationship of migraine and depression suggests that the two are physiologically linked. The occurrence of severe headache and depression do not appear to be biologically linked.

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