An article by a group of Taiwanese specialists in neurology and psychiatry, devoted to the study of the relationship between migraine and depression, was published in the journal Headache.
The authors of the study analyzed data of 588 patients with migraine. The scientists collected information on the frequency of seizures, the presence or absence of an aura (accompanying a seizure of neurological symptoms), the quality of sleep, and also conducted standard testing of participants for symptoms of depression and anxiety.
The analysis showed that there is a direct relationship between the frequency of seizures and mental disorders. Patients who suffered from migraine for most of the month showed maximum scores on a scale of depression and anxiety. The fewer seizures occurred, regardless of whether they were accompanied by an aura or not, the less anxious and depressive the participants were.
The results of the analysis also showed that the mentality of patients with migraine is negatively affected by insomnia. The worse was the quality of sleep among participants, the more points they scored on the scale of depression and anxiety.
The authors of the study note that therapy that helps to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, in parallel will improve the mental state of patients.