Headaches and psychiatric co-morbidities, part 1

It is quite common for patients with migraine and headaches to have a coexisting psychiatric co-morbidity, such as anxiety or depression. In fact, headache and psychological distress share the same risk factors, such as environmental stressors and genetic predisposition. Headache history may predispose a patient to psychopathology and psychopathology may predispose a patient to headache. … Continue reading Headaches and psychiatric co-morbidities, part 1

My book is reviewed!

The most recent volume (June 2021) of Pediatric Pain Letter (www.childpain.org/ppl) contains a review of my book, Getting Ahead of Pediatric Headaches. The review was done by Angelina Koehler, CPNP, a pediatric headache provider at Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Denver. Ms Koehler reviews the book thoroughly, covering the main areas of information presented. This … Continue reading My book is reviewed!

Headache Book Reviews

I am always looking for good resources for patients. I am particularly interested in books/articles which would be helpful for my patients who are ‘aging out’ of pediatric care.  My young adults are getting ready to move on and would benefit from some adult-focused headache reference material.  Some of my kids do need follow up … Continue reading Headache Book Reviews

Psychology and headaches, part 2

In this post, I will continue the conversation with Sarah Nelson, PhD, pain psychologist.  Previously we talked about common psychological issues associated with headache, issues that affect coping and functioning for patients with chronic headache, dealing with resistance to accepting psychological help and barriers to care. What are the best screening measures to use in … Continue reading Psychology and headaches, part 2