Is Migraine Linked to Depression?

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The epidemiologist call this comorbidities. Those are things which if you have one condition, you're more likely to have another condition, and it doesn't imply for a minute that one causes the other. So migraine turns out to be comorbid with depression, social phobias, anemia, anxieties and other disorders as well.

So, if you have migraine, your first degree relatives are more likely to be depressed compared to the general population even if they don't have migraine. If you have depression, your first degree relatives were depressed or are more likely to have migraine, so they're genetically linked. And one influences the other often in a bad way.

So if you're a migrainer and you're very depressed to the extent that your depression isn't treated, your migraines will become more refractory to therapy. If you walk around the street and you see red headed people, they're more likely to have white skin and freckles compared to others but they don't all have them.

We inherit genes as neighborhoods. So if we inherit neighborhoods of genes that make us depressed, give us migraines but they don't necessarily have to occur in the same person. It's possible, not always that easy, but possible it will find one therapy that will help both the depression and the migraine, not as easy as it sounds, but we might.

We also worry that if we're not aware of that, we may offer a treatment for migraine that may worsen the other perhaps unrecognized psychiatric condition.