Childhood Trauma and Adult Headaches: Understanding the Link and Prevention Strategies

2023-10-29 09:38:50

If you have childhood trauma, you are more likely to develop headaches in adults (study)

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Research has shown that childhood trauma is one of the factors that cause primary headaches in adulthood.[사진=게티이미지뱅크]
If you suffer from headaches that come on suddenly or frequently for no particular reason, you need to think about whether they may be related to childhood trauma. According to HealthDay, an American health media outlet, research has shown that childhood trauma is associated with the development of headaches in adults.

Trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), refers to a persistent emotional reaction that occurs after a traumatic experience that threatens physical and psychological stability. Direct trauma or traumatic events include sexual or physical abuse or assault, terrible car accidents, war, medical incidents, the experience of seeing someone die or a corpse, the sudden death of a loved one, fire, domestic violence, or natural disasters. there is.

Most people show symptoms of PTSD after a terrible experience, but they naturally recover after a certain period of time, but there are often cases where they suffer from it for a long time without being able to overcome it. Typical symptoms include an incident that keeps popping up in your head, recurring nightmares, strong physical or emotional reactions to things related to the incident, depression and anxiety, thoughts of being unhappy, distance from people, poor concentration, increased anger and aggression, and sleep disorders. It is considered as

Researchers analyzed 28 studies involving 154,000 people in 19 countries and found that 48,000 of them had experienced at least one traumatic event and 25,000 had been diagnosed with primary headaches. When we looked at the link between the two, we found that about 26% of people who experienced a traumatic event in childhood were diagnosed with primary headaches, while only 12% of participants without such trauma suffered from primary headaches. A primary headache refers to a case where the headache itself is a disease without a specific cause, while headaches caused by other diseases are called secondary or secondary headaches.

“This analysis shows that childhood trauma is a non-negligible factor that can cause adult headache disorders such as migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, and chronic or severe headaches,” said study author Catherine Kretesoulas of the Harvard Graduate School of Public Health. “It was confirmed,” he said.

The more trauma there was, the more likely it was that a headache would occur. People who experienced one trauma were 24% more likely to suffer from headaches than people with no trauma at all, and people who experienced four or more traumas were more than twice as likely to suffer from headaches.

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There were also differences by type of trauma. In the case of ‘threat trauma’, such as physical, sexual, emotional abuse, witnessing the threat of violence, or serious conflict between family members, the likelihood of developing headaches was 46% higher, and the likelihood of headaches was 46% higher, as were neglect, financial difficulties, divorce or separation, death of a parent, mental illness, chronic illness or disability, ‘Trauma of deprivation’, such as living in a home where alcohol or drugs were abused, increased the likelihood of headaches by 35%. Among threatening traumas, those who experienced physical and sexual abuse were 60% more likely to develop headaches, and in the case of deprivation trauma, those who experienced childhood neglect were three times more likely to develop headaches.

The study did not prove a direct link between headaches and trauma. However, it has been confirmed that childhood trauma is a risk factor that can cause headaches in adults, and it is evaluated that this may be helpful in formulating headache prevention and treatment strategies. Considering that many people hide the traumatic experiences they experienced in childhood, it is pointed out that the actual correlation may be much greater.

The study was published in the journal Neurology on the 25th (local time).

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