Does depression go along with migraine?


Many of those living with migraine also experience depression. When mood concerns or changes are present, discussing the possibility of this comorbidity with your provider is critically important. Migraine cannot be most effectively treated without treating the depression, too.


“If they truly have changes in their affect or mood, and if they truly, this changes over time with the characteristics of depression, then that's very important. You cannot treat migraine separate from that comorbid disorder; they're neighborhood friends. They have to be treated together. Migraine is a Sesame Street phenomenon; maybe it's Mr. Rogers — who are the people in my neighborhood? Depression, chemically, neurologically, is a neurological disorder. I'm not a great believer in psychiatry and neurology as separate things. I believe it's just your brain, and it can encompass all these things. I really want to know about depression.”

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Allan Purdy, MD

Professor of Neurology
Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Allan Purdy is a neurologist and a professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Purdy is currently President of the American Headache Society. He has also served as president of the Canadian Headache Society and on the Board of Directors for the International Headache Society.

Dr. Purdy is regarded as one of the most gifted teachers in the field, developing educational programs for physicians around the world who care for patients with headache diseases. In addition to his research and education work, Dr. Purdy continues to see headache patients in his Canadian clinic on a part-time basis.