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The Connection Between Depression And Headache

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Are you suffering from both depression and headaches? then you are not the only person having this problem. Both Depression and headaches are interconnected. Sometimes it could have happened as these two ruthless Sufferings occurred at the same time. This is a challenge for the scientist to give a solution to these conditions.

Why depression and headaches are associated with each other

Usually, many people when they are feeling sad or down, they will not explain to their doctors or loved ones about this. Instead of that, they will complain about their Physical problems. If these problems were normal, then should be a change in a person’s mood.

Headache and depression are like egg and chicken theory. The chronic headache disorder will trigger the depression and the mood disorder triggers the headaches. It is slightly complicated to the Doctors for finding a solution. The depression may be the root cause for the people’s headache, but their head pain is true and ideal, remember that.

On many occasions, the link between headaches and depression is regular. So, there is a lot more possibility of having headache if the person  is suffering from depression.

Other than headaches, some of the problems caused by depression are,

  • Joint Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Constipation.

Major Depression Disorder

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) criteria are the following:

Lack of interest in routine activities or depression mood having more than a couple of weeks along with having 5 out of 9 symptoms given below day by day.

  • Always in Irritation mood, every day can be identified either by your sad feeling or other consideration on you.
  • Doing activities without joy and interest in which once you enjoyed it before.
  • Unexpected weight loss or gain due to eating little and more due to depression.
  • Improper Sleeping.
  • psychomotor retardation (Changes in daily actions).
  • Fatigue or energy loss.
  • Unworthy and extreme guilt feelings.
  • Loss of concentration, Thinking ability and focus. 
  • Suicide attempts thoughts (tempt to a suicide plan).

How to Diagnose the depression:

In the future, when you consult your doctor for any physical problems like chronic pain and Cluster headaches, he will examine you for depression. Don’t be surprised of. 

The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is one of the most common tools for depression screening. The Geriatric Depression Scale to be used for elder patients.

Some other diagnostic method for Depression:

To diagnose depression, Doctors will also screen for some other problems which can coexist with MDD. Few of them are,

  • Dysthymic disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder

Doctors may also screen you for some of the medical deficiencies that acts like depression symptoms like,

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Liver or kidney diseases
  • Excessive calcium
  • Anemia
  • Hypothyroidism

Diagnose Depression in the best way

Depression diagnosis process usually having the combination of Medication and talk therapy which should be followed over a six month period of time. The Doctors also prescribe some anti-depressants, like a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and Cymbalta (duloxetine) which is so effective in treating pain conditions.

Except for medication and talk therapy, there are some regular activities we have to follow them in order to reduce depression, they are

  • Eating Nutritious food at regular time
  • Exercise daily
  • Sleep well daily(should be a deep sleep)
  • Stop Consuming alcohol if you are alcoholic
  • Be comfort with family and friends

When you feel depressed about having headaches or if your headaches triggering negative thoughts, I suggest kindly consult your neurologist or psychiatrist. Always be optimistic about your health care.

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