Migraine and sucide

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Have you ever considered suicide or tried? (these votes are anonymous)

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Migraine and sucide

Post by Tee on Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:10 pm

Researchers point to a high correlation of emotional problems in migraine headache sufferers to explain for a higher-than-average suicide rate.

The suicide rate in migraine patients is higher than that in the general population. Out of all migraine sufferers, females who experience migraines with aura (MA) have the highest suicide rate.

and even the medication they give us can make this worse......

In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), nearly 300,000 people who suffer from migraines, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy began taking one of 13 anticonvulsants. None of the participants had any history of suicidal behavior.

After approximately 180 days, 26 patients committed suicide, and 801 attempted suicide.

Gabapentin, which is associated with the highest risk of suicide, is also one of the most frequently prescribed anticonvulsants for migraines (48%), followed by Topiramate (19.4%), Lamotrigine (7.5%), and Valproate (6.2%).

These are interesting statistics - the UK do not list migraine as a cause of death of death certificates so true stats are hard to find... this is something I think needs to change............ we have not been running this forum a year yet and I have already helped 3 people gain help to stop them.......... its so sad that chronic migraine is not taken seriously by many, yet the impact can be......

More details on the article can be found here - http://www.migravent.com/blog/migraines-and-mental-illness/suicide-rate-in-migraine-patients-some-surprising-statistics/


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Re: Migraine and sucide

Post by Sarah on Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:03 am

This is a difficult one to answer. I think there is a huge gulf between 'had thoughts' and 'had serious thoughts', ie a massive gulf between 'had thoughts' and 'planned it out'.
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Post by Tee on Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:56 am

Fair point - I have added in 'serious thoughts' - any other suggestions as an in-between stages and I will add them in??

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