Press Release - Feb 23, 2012
Migraine Linked to Increased Risk of Depression in Women
research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) suggests that women who suffer
from migraines or have had them in the past are at an increased risk for developing
depression when compared to women who have never had a migraine. The study findings
will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's
64th Annual Meeting, April 21 to April
study is one of the first with extensive follow up to examine the potential
link between migraine and the development of depression," said Tobias Kurth,
MD, ScD, a neuroepidemiologist at BWH. "We hope these
findings will encourage doctors and patients who suffer from migraines
to have a dialogue about the risk of depression and opportunities for
analyzed data from 36,154 participants in the Women's Health Study who did not
have depression and who had provided information about their migraine history.
Women were categorized as either having active migraine with aura, active
migraine without aura, past history of migraine or no history of migraine. Information
about depression diagnoses was also included.
Of those participants, 6,456 women reported suffering from current or
past migraine. Over a 14 year follow-up period, 3,971 of the women developed
report that women with any history of migraine were about 40 percent more
likely to develop depression compared to women without a history of migraine. Additionally, women with a past history of
migraine had 1.41 times the risk of developing depression.
The study was supported by the National
Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.