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Study Suggests Emotional Abuse in Childhood Linked to Migraine in Adults

The preliminary results of a University of Toledo (Ohio) suggest that emotional abuse in childhood is linked to the development of migraine headaches in adults, particularly in men.

All varieties of child abuse (sexual, physical, and emotional) increase the chances of developing migraine later in life, but according to study author Gretchen Tietjen, MD and colleagues, emotional abuse alone increases the risk of developing migraine by a whopping 52%. The authors go on to say that the relationship between emotional abuse, depression, and migraine are worthy of further investigation.

Emotional abuse of children is not uncommon...when physical or sexual abuse is added to the mix,the relationship between the abuse and migraine seems to be more strongly connected.  Interestingly, the authors note, when children are emotionally abused, data suggests that it helps to build resilience to a point, but beyond that point the problems begin.

The authors go on to suggest their theory as to how migraine develops in adults when as children they were subject to abuse.  For further detail on that aspect of the story, you can read more here.  Animal studies are underway to determine patterns involved in the abuse/migraine relationship.

Sources: MedPageToday; BlueDiamond Gallery


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