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Chronic migraine puts teens at higher risk of suicide

A new study has found that teenagers suffering from chronic daily headache, especially migraine, are at greater risk of suicide than those who don't have migraine. Washington, May 1: A new study has found that teenagers suffering from chronic daily headache, especially migraine, are at greater risk of suicide than those who don’t have migraine.

Such teens are also more likely to have other psychiatric disorders such as depression and panic disorder.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Shuu-Jiun Wang at the National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine in Taipei, Taiwan.

As part of the study, researchers surveyed 7,900 students between the ages 12 to 14 at five middle schools in Taiwan and those who reported frequent headaches were interviewed by a neurologist and their headache type was diagnosed.

A total of 121 teens with chronic daily headaches were then screened for psychiatric disorders. Chronic daily headache was defined as headaches 15 or more days per month for two or more hours per days, lasting for more than three months.

Researchers found that nearly 50 percent of those with chronic daily headaches had one or more psychiatric disorder, with 21 percent having major depression and 19 percent having panic disorder. Twenty percent were at high risk of suicide.

“These numbers are much higher than those reported among the general population of teens of the same ages in Taiwan,” Wang said.

Migraine, depression and the tendency toward suicide are all related to problems with the levels of serotonin in the brain.

Those with migraine headaches were most likely to have a psychiatric disorder. They were 3.5 times more likely to have a psychiatric disorder than those without migraine. And teens whose migraines came with an aura, or a warning sensation that comes before the headache, were even more likely to have psychiatric disorders.

The findings of the research were published in the May 2007 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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