Headaches are one of the physical symptoms of anxiety. For some, the chronic headaches can interfere with life on an almost daily basis. Are headaches a part of anxiety that a patient must learn to deal with? Or are there ways that people can get relief from chronic headaches? Even though your headaches may be caused by stress and anxiety, it does not make them any less painful. You should not need to accept the pain associated with regular and chronic headaches.
There is a number of things that you can do:
Keep track of your headaches in a daily journal. Being able to supply your doctors with information about the frequency and the severity of your headaches will help them work with you on finding an appropriate treatment. In your journal, write down the following information:
Date of headache
Severity of headache (rate on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being highly painful)
Where your head hurts
What foods you ate prior to the headache
Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
As the holiday season gets under way, stress builds. While we accept the rushed days and the added pressure, children also feel the stress and for those with anxiety, symptoms may worsen. Your child may start having trouble in school, be irritable and find it hard to concentrate. As parents, we may brush aside these signs as just being overwhelmed by the season but being alert to changes in your child's mood can pinpoint any potential problems early.
Symptoms of Anxiety in Children
In an earlier post, Is it Normal Childhood Fears or Is it an Anxiety Disorder , I listed some of the common signs of anxiety in children :
Fears are excessive for insignificant events.
Anxiety is accompanied by physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches or insomnia.
Symptoms of depression, such as insomnia or sleeping more than normal, loss of appetite, or loss of enjoyment in activities they once enjoyed.
Avoiding activities that provoke anxiety, including not wanting to go to sch...
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