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Living with Migraine

Spotlight: Migraine and Mental Health Awareness

  • By Joanna Bodner Keymaster

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Please share with us!

    What has been your experience living with migraine and your mental health? Have you found effective ways to cope?

    What has been the most challenging aspects?

    Do you receive the support you need?

    Please feel free to discuss any topics related to migraine and mental health and how it has impacted your life. We would love to hear from you.

  • By Pain in GA

    Thank you, Joanna, for beginning the topic. I am looking forward to hearing input from anyone who has successfully dealt with the irritability common to migraine disease. I’ve been chronic for nearly all of the last 5 years and it clearly impacts my family. I’m a sarcastic wench, completely different from my normal self, and I see it coming through in my 9 year old’s personality. It is heartbreaking.

  • By CindyLee

    I feel that there is more understanding and acceptance of the connection between migraine and depression. For me personally, I have come to accept that my own acceptance of it has made my own life easier. I am now retired and looking back I can see that I had a successful career in spite of it not being my first choice. My first choice would have been as a litigating attorney and i have no doubt it was my calling, but as a migraineur it would have been impossible. My mental health suffered when i thought of the “failure” I was. I believe that many migraine sufferers have this same feeling. I have been on several antidepressants over tbe years and frankly nothing has really helped. I was given sumatriptan about 10 years ago and it has been a godsend, but my depression is simply ingrained now. I was very lucky to find a loving and understanding husband, now married 27 years. I would never have believed a human like him existed that could live with me day by day. I have settled into my life of reading, gardening and cooking. Along with my pet doggies, and when the blackness comes in, I know that it will lift as it always does. I feel that in spite of my migraine and depression I am very truly blessed.