Understanding Migraine-Related Mood Disorders

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Key Questions
  • Which mood disorders are most commonly linked to migraine disease?
  • Do psychiatric conditions usually appear before migraine disease or vice versa?
  • Why have I been prescribed an antidepressant if I do not suffer from a psychiatric condition?
  • What anxiety disorders are related to migraine disease?
  • What symptoms should I look for if I am not sure if I have anxiety?
  • Is bipolar disorder more common in people who experience the pain and disability of migraine disease?
  • What are some effective therapies for people with migraine disease?
  • Are these therapies covered by insurance?
  • What should I do if my insurance does not cover these therapies?
Interview Notes
Steven Baskin

Steven M. Baskin, PhD

Psychologist and Founder
New England Center for Headache, Behavioral Medicine

Steve Baskin, PhD, started the Behavioral Medicine Service at the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connecticut, and he is an attending psychologist at Greenwich Hospital of Yale-New Haven Health. He is a past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is a current member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of New England and a past board member of the American Headache Society and the Connecticut Psychological Association.

He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and a frequent reviewer for the journals Headache and Cephalalgia. He lectures frequently at national and international meetings, and he has published extensively on primary headache disorders, most recently on comorbid psychiatric factors that may chronify migraine and complicate treatment.

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