Women’s Emotions Do Not Cause Their Migraines [NYTimes.com]

 

Misconception: Migraines are psychological manifestations of women’s inability to manage stress and emotions

Actually: Neurologists are very clear that migraines are a real, debilitating medical condition related to temporary abnormal brain activity. The fact that they may be more common for some women during “that time of the month” has nothing to do with emotions.

For centuries, doctors explained migraines as a woman’s problem caused by emotional disturbances like hysteria, depression or stress.

“Bizarrely, the recommended cure was marriage!” said Dr. Anne MacGregor, the lead author of the British Association for the Study of Headache’s guidelines for diagnosing and managing migraines.

While that prescription may be far behind us, the misconception that migraines are fueled by a woman’s inability to cope persists.



[For more of this story, written by Joanna Klein, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04...ectionfront&_r=0]

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