Depression, Migraine and Tension Headache

October 28, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Depression may be the result of headache and migraine experience

Depression may be the result of headache and migraine's isolating experience

Every time I hear that depression is causing migraine or headache I get really frustrated – I would be depressed if I went through what my patients were experiencing!

Migraine and other forms of headache are significant stressors in themselves. However, it is more than coping with the pain, nausea, and vomiting etc. It is also about one’s inability to participate in life – to be able to plan a social life.

Depression is not the cause of headache or migraine … it results from it! It is amazing the change in a person’s demeanor once their headache or migraine has not necessarily resolved, but just improved!

Have you considered that your (upper) neck may be the cause of your depression?



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About dean
Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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