A new study has shed light on the relationship between headaches and mood disturbances in people with epilepsy.Carried out by Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, in Seoul, the research examined the nature and prevalence of headaches in people with epilepsy, and explored their correlation with mood problems. The findings are published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior.During the study, a total of 177 people were assessed. Seventy-three (41.2%) reported that they suffered headaches before, during or after a seizure, and these people were generally found to have higher depression and anxiety ratings than those who did not experience headaches.The analysis showed that ‘tension-type’ were the most frequent headaches reported, and that the majority of the seizure-related headaches were untreated. It also revealed that people whose headaches came on during seizures were more like to be depressed, whereas those who experienced headaches after their seizures were most likely to experience depression and suicidal thoughts.The study abstract concludes: “These results show that investigating and controlling headaches may relieve affective symptoms (mood- and emotion-related symptoms) and ultimately improve the quality of life of people with epilepsy.”Click here for more articles about conditions related to epilepsy.Click here to read more stories about living with epilepsy.
May 31st, 2016|