Fear of Migraine as Migraine Trigger

For some individuals the fear of migraine may be a significant trigger for having a migraine episode. This is referred to as cephalalgiaphobia.

The body and mind’s response to the anticipation of migraine may actually contribute to the migraine itself. In some cases, this fear may prompt migraineurs to start using medications in absence of migraine. This may actually contribute to rebound headaches, increasing the frequency of the individual’s headache attacks.

Studies have found that this most commonly affects individuals with moderate to high frequency of attacks.

There are treatments including a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy to address this issue.

If you feel you are suffering from cephalalgiaphobia speak with your medical provider.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP