Migraines and Depression: Doctors Find Link

Doctor's explore new possible treatments for the debilitating headaches.
2:28 | 02/25/12

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It comes to migraines and depression 27 million American women suffer these debilitating headaches and an extraordinary number than face depression. But it's not necessarily the pain that brings on that sadness and this new finding could help doctors treat -- is doctor Richard -- This is what a migraine sufferers sees the blurring the sparkling signs that pain is on the way. A few days ago -- stream had a migraine that lasted twelve excruciating hours. -- curled up -- in bed and it's just so painful it you're holding your breath because it hurts to brief. If if that's not enough. This study looking at 36000 women over fourteen years finds that migraine sufferers like Tricia. Are 40% more likely than other women to develop depression later in life. Her depression started six years after her first migrant. Certain individuals inherit a nervous system that is hypersensitive by nature are more likely to provoke migraine. Depression anxiety and a number of other issues of course you think if you're dealing with all that pain who wouldn't get depressed. But doctors don't think that's what's happening. They believe depression and migraines -- follows similar physical pathways in the nerves -- chemicals in your brain. Their proof of that back from earlier studies -- depressed people are more likely to go on to develop migraines. And some medication seemed to treat both problems. I was already kind of lethargic not wanting to do anything just lying in bed. Not interact with anybody and then on top of that I couldn't take that sound and the light because my head was throbbing. But the new research does tell doctors to be on the lookout that the pain of a migraine now might help them treat women who they can avoid depression in the future. Doctor Richard -- ABC news New York.

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