“Migraine Personality”myth once again rears its ugly head

My mom just gave me a special news insert from Florida Today‘s newspaper from mid-June. The small publication is called USA Weekend: HealthSmart, and I have every reason to believe it accompanied not only the Florida Today newspaper but also USA Today and any other papers the overseeing company owns.

Dr. Seymour Diamond (of the NHF and the famous Diamond Clinic) debunks a handful of myths about Migraine disease. Like the other short articles in the publication, a half-page or so is dedicated to each health condition and set up as a series of true-false questions. For example, in an article about sleep, the myth is something like, “Teenagers need the same amount of sleep as adults.” Truth: No, they need more.

Okay, fair enough.

But the Migraine article’s supposedly debunked myths are of a different ilk, especially the last one that have left me flying into a near-rage. I did a search online for reactions to this article and, as far as I’ve found, it’s not being covered by Migraine advocates and/or bloggers–and it should be.

Myth: There is no such thing as a “migraine personality.”
Diamond’s expert opinion? That there IS a migraine personality!

What year is this? What is happening? I’m reminded of a March 2007 post from Kerrie at the Daily Headache about the ridiculous idea that there is a specific Migraine personality. (In a rush so will have to link to it later–sorry. Fingers are flying to write this even though I’m supposed to be out the door!)

Check out the article here, and let me know what you think. I hate to know that thousands upon thousands of national newspaper readers have stumbled across such a gross error and, without being armed with well-founded knowledge about headache disorders, will agree with Dr. Diamond.

Grrrrrrrr.

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