If you are a young woman suffering from migraines, you could also be at risk for depression, according to a new study. A Canadian study published in the journal Depression Research and Treatment stated that there is an association among migraines, depression and suicidal ideation.
More specifically, researchers found that more women than men have migraines and depression, and depression is more prevalent for those who have migraines. In fact, 12.4 percent of women with migraines had depression, compared to 5.7 percent of women without migraines.
“When the sample was restricted to women with migraine, those with depression were younger, unmarried, and poorer and had more activity limitations and limitations in ADLs [activities of daily living] than the nondepressed,” reported the study. The same results apply to men as well.
The study results also show that more women than men suffer from suicidal ideation, and more commonly when they have migraines.
“When the sample was restricted to women with migraine, the odds of suicidal ideation were higher for those who were younger, unmarried, and poorer and had more limitations in activities than those who had never seriously considered suicide,” the study said.
Researchers point to the fact that it is concerning how young Canadians with migraines particularly are so vulnerable to depression and suicidal ideation.
“For both genders, migraineurs under the age of 30 had at least six times the odds of current depression and four times the odds of lifetime suicidal ideation when compared to those aged 65 and above,” the study stated.
According to researchers, having migraines at an early age could negatively impact a “normal development process,” as well as education, career and family, which could later be associated with the development of depression and suicidal ideation.
“Older migraineurs, by contrast, have had a longer time to adjust to their condition, for example, by learning effective coping mechanisms or achieving adequate treatment, which may reduce the perceived burden of their illness,” the study said.