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Q: Depression after migraine

Does anyone get really depressed after a migraine?

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
1/ 8/09 2:14pm

Depression can be a symptom of the Migraine postdrome, the phase of a Migraine attack that occurs after the headache phase.


You can find more information on the phases of a Migraine and their potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine.



Regan, Community Member
1/ 6/09 5:44pm

Definitly lowers my mood after an attack, can take a few days to bounce back. Unfortunately if I have too many migraines in a row I can get quite down and despairing.

godschild, Community Member
1/ 6/09 9:30pm

Yes I do get depressed after a migraine, plus my body goes through so much that I just feel sick like a bad hang-over feeling (and I don't even drink) and what's more depressing I suffer 2 to 3 migraines a week. NOW THAT'S DEPRESSING IN IT SELF.. and to top it all off I don't have medical insurance to get meds for my migraines. Hope this makes you feel better:-)

tkduvall, Community Member
1/10/09 11:43am

Hi,  Please hang in there!  I think depression after migraine is just part of the disease.  I get very depressed after one also, to the point to where I just cry and cry.  I feel sick to my stomach for a few days too. I tried anti-depressants but they really didn't help the depression I felt after a migraine.  Try to remember it's part of the disease and not you!  I don't know if you're a praying woman, but I will pray for you.  Please post again and let us know how you are doing.  those of us who suffer with you do care and understand!   Toni

voice4thesoul, Community Member
1/11/10 12:46pm

I defintely get depression after a migraine, and I have read that is a natural by-product of migraines.


Just yesterday I fell while skiing and hit the back of my head hard. I had an immediate migraine that hurt so bad that I burst into tears and could not stop sobbing until the pain subsided minutes later. This happened to me last year when I tried to ski for the first time and I got a concussion. But then I wasn't wearing a helmet since I was only on the bunny hill. This year I had on a helmet, but it didn't help at all. The tears, like the depression seem to be totally uncorntillable and just a natural release by the body.


I still feel depressed today. I try to just not to accept it as MY depression. I just try to remeber that it is part of having a migraine and know that it will go away soon.

nuk, Community Member
6/13/10 7:15am

I am new to this forum. Just yesterday I was at work and a migraine hit. For the first time i was physically sick I mean this disease knows no bounds. Today I am just crying constantly feeling flat and low..I just want to say thank you to all on this site after reading this to know this depressed feeling is all part n parcel makes me see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am a mum and a busy one and life has been getting a little overwhelming lately. I'll take this as a wake up call to assess my priorities..

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