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Recent studies have reported a link between migraine and major depression. Not much is known about how migraine and depression are physiologically linked or the history of the two illnesses. The following study investigated the link between migraine and major depression in a group of young adults. The data for the study was collected over a number of years. The study included 1007 young adults from Southeast Michigan between the ages of 21 and 30 years. They were interviewed in 1989. 97% were interviewed again 3.5 years later, in 1992. The interviews were structured to specifically find out about DSM-III-R major depression and IHS migraine in a lifetime. DSM-III-R is a category of conditions that has a set-out definition for major depression. Using specific scientific data analyses the study investigated the following:
1) The risk of having major depression when you already suffer from migraine
2) The risk of having migraines when you already suffer from major depression
The results showed that the number of migraines that the young people could get per 1 000 person-years was 5.0 in males and 22.0 in females. The risk of having major depression when you already suffer from migraine was 3.2. The risk of having migraines when you already suffer from major depression was 3.1. The analyses took into consideration sex and education. This study shows evidence of the link between depression and migraines observed in various populations. Results showed that the link between migraine and major depression can be caused by opposing influences. The theory that major depression in persons suffering from migraine happens as a psychologic reaction was not supported by this study. The results of this study support the theory that migraine and major depression have shared causes.
View the original migraine study at this Link: Migraine and Major Depression: A Longitudinal Study