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The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts: Strong link between depression, migraine headaches

Q: Is there a link between depression and headaches?

A: Yes, they are connected. People with depression tend to have more frequent and more severe headaches compared to those without depression. And as headaches occur more often and become more intense, it's likely that the person will become more depressed.

Of all headaches, migraine headaches have been most frequently studied. Many researchers have observed a close relationship between migraines and depression. For example, in people who have a clear diagnosis of migraine headaches, when compared to a control group, their frequency of major depression is almost triple. The reverse is also true, that people with depression...

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