January 21, 2009 --People who suffer from migraines may be at higher risk for a variety of mental health disorders. That includes depression, panic attacks and phobias. Researchers theorize abnormalities in brain chemicals could contribute to both the headaches and the psychiatric disorders. They also suggest that the depression and anxiety rather than headache pain cause the majority of day to day difficulties for migraine patients.
Doctors say treating both the migraines and the mental health issues would improve life for patients who suffer from the combination of problems.