Teenagers who always have headaches may actually think of taking their heads off, either because they want to commit suicide or they suffer from a psychiatric disorder and depression.
Researchers found that teens who suffer from chronic headaches or migraines are at a greater risk of suicide and psychiatric disorders. The study, which covered 7,900 students, aged 12 to 14 at five middle schools in Taiwan. Of those, 121 were diagnosed with chronic daily headaches, identified as headaches that last two hours or more and occur for more than 15 days in a month for a period of three months.
Nearly half of the sufferers had at least one psychiatric order, with 21 percent having major depression and 19 percent having panic disorder. Twenty percent of the teenagers were deemed to have a high risk of committing suicide.
Teens with migraines were found to be 3.5 times more likely to have psychiatric illness. Likewise, those suffer with a preceding warming sensation or aura are six times more likely to kill themselves than non-sufferers.
Author Shuu-Jiun Wang of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, in Taipei advised, “Teens with chronic daily headache should be screened for psychiatric disorder so they can get treatment and help they need.”
Sadly though, while migraines, depression and the tendency to commit suicide are related to problems with the levels of serotonin in the brain, scientists have not yet determined how they are linked.