December 11, 2014
Anxiety Disorders Drive, Worsen Migraine Symptoms
Anxiety disorders drive, worsen migraine symptoms
Patients with migraine often have comorbid psychiatric conditions, but anxiety disorders particularly exacerbate pain, hypervigilance, and the tendency to catastrophize, said Steven Baskin, Ph.D. “Anxiety is the driver of distress across most emotional disorders,” said Dr. Baskin, a psychologist at the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache in Stamford, Conn. The lifetime prevalence of anxiety disorders among migraineurs is 51%-58%, which is almost twice their lifetime rate of major depression, he added.