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What's the connection between migraines and anxiety?

Expert:   Audrey Halpern, MD, PC, Executive Director, Manhattan Center for Headache & Neurology »

85 percent of migraine sufferers endure bouts of anxiety and depression. Watch this to find out what's connecting them!

Transcript: The link between migraine pain and anxiety is based on their both sharing the same nerve pathway. Migraine pain and anxiety, along with other mood disorders, seem to travel along the same nerve paths and activate—or deactivate-- the same receptors in the brain.This could explain why 85 percent of migraine sufferers endure bouts of anxiety and depression. For some, anxiety attacks inevitably morph into migraine attacks. For others, it’s a migraine attack that brings on waves of anxiety. Fortunately, medications used to treat mood disorders, including anxiety, have been found in clinical trials to also treat migraines. And this is ANOTHER indication that the body chemistry involved in both is related.If you are dealing with migraines AND anxiety, talk to your doctor about the best ways to manage both. And you may be helped by meditation,, exercise, yoga and other calming activities that can ease anxiety, and hopefully your migraine. More »

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