Migraine Crisis? Get Help.
Are you having a crisis with your Migraines? It happens. It happens all too often. We're here to provide you with educational content so you can learn more about your Migraines, and we're here to offer you all the support we can.
There are, however, times when you may need support that's beyond what we can offer you via our site. I really hate it that Migraines can push us so far, and nobody likes to talk about it, but there are time when Migraines can bring people to the point of wanting to harm themselves or even take their lives. I understand those feelings, partly because I've had them myself.
Migraine.com doesn't have a crisis line for you to call, and we're not trained in counseling people who are in such a crisis, but we do care. If you find yourself contemplating harming yourself or taking your life, please find someone to talk with immediately. It can be a family member, friend, member of your church, clergy, a doctor or therapist. This is extremely important. When we're in that kind of dark place, we have trouble seeing that things can and will get better. That's why we need to have someone to talk with.
There are also "hotlines" with counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These counselors will listen without judging and can talk with you about what you're going through and what you're feeling. Here are some numbers:
- The Boys and Girls Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000
If you would need professional help immediately, remember that it's nothing to be embarrassed about or ashamed of. You can:
- call 911 or
- go to the closest emergency room.
Some other points to keep in mind:
- Migraine and depression are often comorbid diseases. That means that we can have them both at the same time, but neither causes the other.
- Depression is treatable. Even better, many antidepressant medications can also work as Migraine preventives.
- If you find yourself feeling depressed or anxious or even having panic attacks during a Migraine attack or for a couple of days before a Migraine, keep in mind that those feelings could actually be Migraine symptoms. They can begin during the prodrome phase of the Migraine, which can begin a few days before the aura or headache phases. You can find more on this in Migraine Phases.
Please know that you can post on Migraine.com about how you're feeling, and we'll help you all we can, but there are limits to how effective online support can be. I want you to have the information and phone numbers above in case those feelings become a crisis and you need more help than we can offer you. We want you to be safe as you continue your journey toward better Migraine management.
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