Study Suggests Link Between Migraine and Bipolar Disorder

As someone who experiences both migraines and bipolar disorder, I was not particularly surprised to hear that a new study is suggesting a link between the two.

The study conducted at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center found that migraines were more likely among those with bipolar disorder than the general public. To top it off, these folks are also more at risk for worsened psychosocial functioning, more severe depression, and an earlier onset of bipolar symptoms.

Findings also suggested that women are more likely to have both migraines and bipolar disorder compared to men, and those that have been subject to abuse (emotional or sexual) or emotional neglect were much more likely to have both problems.

The article closes with a statement suggesting;

“Some patients have more stable moods when their migraines are well-controlled.”

Personally, I have found this has certainly rang true in my own life. The less migraine pain I experience, the less severe my bipolar symptoms (generally) are.

You can find the full article here, check it out!

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3 responses to “Study Suggests Link Between Migraine and Bipolar Disorder

  1. I have an aunt who gets migraines. I’ve never had the headaches, but I have some of symptoms, weird ones, which apparently is a thing. I forget what it’s called, but you can have migraines without the headaches. *shrug*

    I would imagine that last point would be true, if for no other reason than the stress of migraines would be triggering. If you have those under control, your mood would be improved & you’d have more energy to focus on your mental health.

  2. I saw this article, too, and found it fascinating. Thank you for sharing it.

  3. I’m on my second week of daily migraines right now… rapture. I get them in clusters, and while I think the current glut is in part due to being pregnant… well. At least they’re mainly silent, so I can be grateful about that (super-blinding auras, not much in the way of headache). I’ve never really tried to correlate periods of moods with them before, but I’m going to have to think about that once I’m past the being pregnant thing.

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