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Cephalalgia. 1998 Feb;18 Suppl 21:45-9.

Psychiatric comorbidity in chronic daily headache.

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  • 1University Centre for Adaptive Disorders and Headache, Section of Pavia, Italy.


Clinical evidence suggests that chronic daily headache (CDH) occurs in association with psychopathologies: previous studies have focused particularly on migraine. To evaluate this association, we studied, using the DSM-IIIR criteria, a population of 88 patients (18M, 70F) affected by CDH (mean duration 7.4 +/- 8.7 years). We documented the presence of a psychiatric disorder in 90% of this population. The most frequent diagnosis was a comorbidity of anxiety and mood disorders. The comorbidity of psychiatric disorders and headache has important implications as far as treatment is concerned.

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