Depression is linked to both migraine headaches and non-migraine headaches, although the strongest relationship is between depression and migraines.
“People with migraines are two to three times as likely to have depression as the general population,” says Richard B. Lipton, MD, a professor and vice chairman of neurology and a professor of epidemiology and population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. People who have chronic migraines — those who experience migraines 15 or more days of the month — are about twice as likely to have depression as people with episodic migraine, meaning those who experience migraines less than 15 days a month.
The research on migraines and depression shows that the relationship goes both ways: People with depression are more likely to get migraines, and people with migraines are more likely to become depressed. In fact, 40 percent of people with migraines also have depression. “Migraines and depression have common underpinnings in the brain, which can develop due to environmental factors, genetic causes, or a combination of both,” Dr. Lipton says. “Migraine pain and depression are also linked because both conditions respond to some of the same medications.”
However, the link between depression and pain from non-migraine headaches isn’t a two-way street. “Severe non-migraine headaches clearly increase your risk for depression, but depression doesn’t increase your risk for non-migraine headache,” Lipton says. A study published in the journal Headache showed that people with a form of non-migraine headache called cluster headache are more likely to have depression than people who don’t have cluster headaches.
What causes a Depression headache?
There is no single cause for Depression headaches. In some people, tightened muscles in the back of the neck and scalp cause headaches. This muscle Depression may be caused by:
- Poor relations
- Emotional or mental Depression, including depression
Depression headaches are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal Depression. The most common sources of Depression include family, social relationships, friends, work, and school. For example:
- Having problems at home/difficult family life
- Having a new child
- Having no close friends
- Returning to school or training; preparing for tests or exams
- Going on a vacation
- Starting a new job
- Losing a job
- Being overweight
- Deadlines at work
- Competing in sports or other activities
- Being a perfectionist
- Not getting enough sleep
- Being over-extended (involved in too many activities/organizations)
Dangers of Drugs for Depression headache Treatment
Medical doctors generally treat depression headache symptoms with medications, such as beta-blockers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.
Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.
How to Relieve Depression headache Naturally
Depression is a fast growing factor in our high-speed modern world. Here are several simple techniques to relieve a Depression headache.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is one of the best-studied treatments for depression and pain. “CBT is specifically designed to deal with the emotions, sensations, and anticipations that occur in the mind because of pain,” Hullett says.
- Psychotherapy. Experts say you’re more likely to feel pain in response to negative feelings. For people who see the world through physical sensations rather than emotional ones, Hullett says that psychotherapy, or talk therapy, can help with both depression and pain.
- Massage: Do-it-yourself scalp massages can be an effective way to alleviate depression headache pain, and they feel great. Researchers in Brazil showed that massaging the greater occipital nerve — the area in the back of the head, at the base of the skull — reduces headache pain. Massage in general has been identified as a useful home remedy for headaches, especially reflexology (massaging reflex points on the hands and feet)
- Acupressure: is helpful for some people. There are pressure points that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief.
- Sleep: Sometimes simply lying down and going to sleep for a little bit can work wonders.
- Iodine. Iodine deficiency symptoms include being upset or crying for no “real” reason. People can become overly emotional at television commercials or movies. They can have cold hands and/or feet and a lowered body temperature (lower than 37o Celcius). Also a loss of hair either on the head or the outer third of the eyebrow.
- B-6, Folate, other B vitamins, and certain minerals are needed to produce serotonin. If a person is deficient in any of these, they can suffer from depression. Sometimes deficiencies are caused by toxicity especially from heavy metals.
- Chiropractic Care:
A study conducted by Dr. Madeline Behrendt, Associate Editor of Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), and Dr. Nathan Olsen, a chiropractor in Boise, Idaho, found that chiropractic treatment reduced the symptoms of anxiety in a particular patient by 80%, and reduced their headaches by 90%. The research was published in JVSR and detailed the effects of a four-month course of treatment that uncovered a series of spinal subluxations in the patient that were the result of several car accidents, and only after receiving treatment did the patient experience relief from years of severe anxiety and chronic headaches.Another study published in Molecular Psychiatry attempted to examine the effects of chiropractic therapy as an alternative treatment for patients at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. The study was conducted at the Exodus Treatment Center in Miami Beach, Florida under the supervision of Dr. Jay Holder, a chiropractor and physician. The results showed that not only did all the patients receiving chiropractic adjustments complete the entire rehabilitation program, symptoms of depression and anxiety which were highly reported dropped significantly.