Is there help or hope for the future when struggling with migraine?


It can feel impossible to manage life or have hope for the future when struggling with migraine. Know that there really are both emotional support resources and important medical developments in progress that can offer hope for a better future.


“There's always help, as we just talked about. If you feel that depression, anxiety, or stress are becoming overwhelming, please seek help from someone like myself — a psychologist or other health care professional — who can guide you through some of these techniques that are really proven to make good benefits and have great outcomes. Then, also, the great thing about migraine, even if it's decades away, we know that migraine tends to get better with age and gets better throughout life. So there should always be hope that whatever condition you're living with now, whatever frequency you have. Through the wonderful therapies we have available now, which includes both medicine and nonmedicine, all the great new therapies which are currently being developed, this is a really exciting time for migraine. And also the fact that migraine gets better with life; that you can remain optimistic and hopeful that you have a good future ahead.”

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Dawn C. Buse, PhD

Psychologist & Clinical Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dawn C. Buse, PhD, is a clinical professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of the Pacific, and a licensed psychologist. She has authored more than 200 scientific manuscripts and has won eight U.S. and international research awards and six professional awards for her work in the field of migraine.

She is a co-investigator on numerous U.S. and international studies, including the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) study; the Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes (CaMEO) study; the Migraine Signature Study (MSS); the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS); the Migraine in America Symptoms and Treatment (MAST) study; the Observational Survey of the Epidemiology, Treatment and Care of Migraine (OVERCOME) study; and a recipient of the FDA-sponsored Migraine Clinical Outcome Assessment System (MiCOAS) grant, which is gathering patient input for the development of migraine clinical trial endpoints. She is an advocate for the well-being of patients and healthcare professionals.

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