CBT and headaches
Cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT is a form of psychotherapy focusing on behavioral strategies to change conditioned ways of thinking. It has been shown to be effective for migraines and headaches, depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions.
Research has shown that it has been effective for migraine and tension type headaches. One study revealed a decrease in headache intensity with cognitive behavioral therapy. A recent review of research studies showed a correlation between CBT and decrease in headache activity from 30-60%.
Other benefits of CBT include increased ability to better identify and manage headache triggers, improvement in stress management techniques, and increase in wellness-related activities.
Speak to your healthcare provider about starting CBT for migraines and headaches or other conditions.
Brooke Steiger, NP