Scientists have discovered a relationship in women between migraines and the blues. It seems that women who get fifteen or more headaches a month are four times more prone to major depression.
This is not exactly ground-breaking news, but it is nice to hear that the two are related. They deal in their article with the obvious possibility that the migraines are the cause of the depression. Who wouldn't be depressed?! But they conclude that there is a common neurobiology between migraines and depression. Neither causes the other. They both spring from the same root.
As I am now emerging from a really rough time (and I am emerging, thank you,) I have found my migraines to be both less severe, and less frequent. In my case, I can pretty much tell you when I will have a migraine. It's simple. If a major negative event happens in my life, and I don't get a chance to cry out loud about it, I'm going to have a migraine some time the next day. No kidding. If I feel depressed, and I soldier through it, I will have a migraine the next day. If I get alone and cry, I will be fine the next day.
If I were the sole experimental group, they would find a definite correlation between the blues and the migraines.
Even more interesting is something is yet ANOTHER statement at the end of the article. (Scientific American seems to have a lot to say in their last two paragraphs!)
She noted that researchers have already submitted a second paper on findings of a link between sexual and emotional abuse in childhood and chronic disabling headaches.
Yes. My personal, anecdotal experience is that there are a wide, wide range of symptoms that abused women display in their bodies. Headaches are one. Fiber Myalgia is probably the biggest, but migraines seem to attend almost everything. And marital abuse seems to be as common a cause in these diseases, as childhood abuse.
Anyway. It's a blog, and these are just opinions, but I had to point up the study.