The Depression and Migraine Connection

Teri Robert Health Guide
  • It's that time of year again, time for our 2010 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest.



    Depression and Migraines tend to be comorbid conditions, meaning that we can have both diseases at the same time, but neither causes the other. People with Migraines are more likely to also have depression than people without Migraines; and people with depression are more likely to have Migraines than people without depression.


    Given the connection, I wanted to be sure to invite you to enter our Migraine poetry contest.


    Whether you're an experienced poet or have never written a poem before, you're invited to submit up to three poems for our contest. One year, the person who write the poem that won first place had never written a poem before! All entries must be about Migraines or headaches and must be poetry, not prose.

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    The contest will be judged by the National Headache Foundation, and winners announced in April in observance of National Poetry Month.


    I can't enter the contest, but I'll share a poem I wrote here, one of my favorites...


    phantom tango

    the beat is faint, the dance slow

         so slow I’m not sure we’re dancing

    my partner is but a shadow

         waiting to become more than a phantom


    the disco ball that so blithely

         cast shards of light upon my eyes

    forecast my partner’s arrival

         yet I had dared hope he would not follow


    but the beat strengthens

         and the dance intensifies

    the steps we’ve danced before

         are too familiar and unmitigatedly unwelcome 


    we turn and dip, this direction then that

         an intimate tango

    with each dip, my stomach rebels

         the dips so deep my head ricochets off the floor


    he shows no pity

         but dances the dance his sadistic way

    and when I am beyond spent, he departs

         without so much as a bow at the end


    Migraine is a merciless partner

         a relentless partner

    a murderess I would gladly become

         if only I could slay him

    © Teri Robert, 2007


    If you're interested, you can read all the entries from this year and from previous years..


    Interested in entering? Check out the rules and entry form.


    Good luck,



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Published On: March 11, 2010