What are the psychological triggers of migraine in children?

Updated: Aug 15, 2019
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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In predisposed individuals, migraine attacks can occur as a result of psychological, physiologic, or environmental triggers; however, encourage the patient to maintain a relatively normal lifestyle by optimizing trigger factors and using prophylactic medications.

Psychological triggers include stress, anxiety, worry, depression, and bereavement. Emphasizing to the patient and family that migraine is not an imagined or psychological illness is important. Stress is not the sole cause of migraine, although it makes an underlying migraine predisposition more difficult to manage. The frequency of migraines can be reduced by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but it cannot be eliminated.

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