Headaches associated to depression Headaches associated to depression

The tensional, chronic headaches and migraines can occur as symptoms or consequences of a depression or a stress condition.

As the United States Medicine National Library explains, “the tensional headaches occur when the neck and scalp muscles are tensioned or contracted. Muscle contractions can be a response to stress, depression, a cranial traumatism or anxiety.

Likewise, in many people the depression causes physical symptoms without a precise explanation, and among them headaches. When said headache becomes chronic, a vicious cycle can start, passing from depression to headache, and then, as a result of the affections consequent of the physical discomfort it produces in the daily life of any individual, an increase of mental instability is generated, explains the Mayo Clinic.

The above-mentioned entity recommends the following treatments for reducing both conditions:

  • Antidepressants: can alleviate the headache and the depression, as they send shared chemicals to the brain.
  • Psychologic Advisory: therapies and accompaniment by a professional that can be efficacious for treating both affections.
  • Physical activity, exercise and meditation: these techniques, when become a life habit, help to reduce the stress and to improve the management of problematic situations.

See also: Can I suffer depression and anxiety simultaneously?