Psychological considerations in the migraine patient

Elizabeth K. Seng, Sarah Jo Mayson, Nomita Sonty, Traci Stein, Patricia Tsui, Sascha Qian, Dawn Buse

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Migraine is a prevalent, disabling disorder that reduces functioning in social and work spheres. Psychological factors can influence the presentation and course of migraine. Psychological assessment of people with migraine includes self-administered questionnaires of migraine-related quality of life, a psychosocial history, coping with headaches, and psychiatric comorbidities. Psychological factors that are particularly important to consider in medical and surgical treatment of migraine include medication adherence and attitudinal factors. Behavioral treatments are efficacious to treat migraine, and can include relaxation training, biofeedback, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMigraine Surgery
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781633217843
ISBN (Print)9781633217614
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Adherence
  • Behavioral Treatment
  • Biofeedback
  • CBT
  • Disability
  • Hypnosis
  • Migraine
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychiatric Comorbidity
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Quality of Life
  • Relaxation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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