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Do you get mood changes with your migraine?

Changes in mood are possible migraine symptoms - depression, restlessness, anxiety, irritability or even euphoria.

I often get a very low mood with my migraine and it's so intense. I can cry bucketloads and feel hopeless. It's horrible. I've never had euphoria with it.

If you notice changes in mood, how do you deal with it?

  1. @kayeff,
    Thanks for your joining in our conversations about migraine. I have often heard that depression is a comorbid condition with migraine disease. They seem to go hand in hand. Our brains are so complex! In case you are interested, here is the link to a forum discussion about depression and migraine. You will see that you are not alone. Have you seen a psychiatrist? Therapists can be really helpful too. Please keep in touch and let us know you you are doing.
    Peggy ( team)

    1. , many co-morbid conditions come along with migraine. Depression and anxiety are definitely two that can present some different challenges for us. If you find that they don't fade with the ending of your attack cycle or are impacting you negatively, I would strongly suggest talking to your treating doctor about them. They may warrant a change or addition to your therapy regimen to help manage them. Here is a link to an article that speaks about experiencing both of them.
      I hope your attacks are not frequent. Let us know how you are doing moving forward. Warmly, Cheryl team

      1. To me it's more like i go through phases.
        When i start to get my triggers i say Oh No here we go then after a few days I say "why me", then a day or so longer, i go to "holy hell how much longer", then if it's still not gone, i get pissed off and start cussing and arguing about dumb stuff with myself. If it's still not gone then i start crying "why me, when will it end". Until i get so exhausted and pass out, if i sleep and wake with no pain or feel like the medicine isn't masking the pain i kinda hold my breath for some hours then I feel released and happy.

        1. It's interesting how we all develop different coping and masking techniques to help us through our attack cycles. Self-talk can be helpful in getting through our attacks. It is not always positive self-talk, but we know our bodies and how they will respond! Thank you for sharing your experience and what you do during an attack. I hope you don't suffer from too many days-long attacks. Those really wear you down. Keep in touch! Warmly, Cheryl team

        2. I know exactly how you feel I get most of your feelings everyday and never get a break from it. It just feels endless and unfair.

      2. I know I am about to have a migraine attack when I get into a nasty mood. I have to think about what I am going to say twice or three times before it comes out of my mouth. When I am in the middle of an attack, I go into a depression.

        1. Love this. I so agree about having honest people around you. It's funny how people say this is an invisible disease- in so many ways - it can be seen by those who know and love us best: And yes, amen to being mindful- a muscle that must be used and strengthened over time. Grateful you're with us- you've got a lot of earned wisdom to share. Please keep it coming. Warmly- Holly team.

        2. , I totally understand what you are talking about. My husband gets snippy and is easily agitated by things that normally don't bother him. I see it and will let him know. He respects that and almost never realizes it is happening to him. He also practices mindfulness to help but makes an extra effort when he gets cranky. Holly makes a great point in that our 'invisible' disease is not invisible to those around us that understand what we experience. I love the team analogy! It really does make a difference. Thanks for your insight. Warmly, Cheryl team

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