The effects of headache on anxiety and depression: a single cohort study

Erhan Gökçek., Ebru Tarıkçı Kılıç and Ayhan Kaydu

Aim: Headache, with a high prevalance in general population is a common problem leading to discomfort in daily life. We aimed to examine the relationship between headache, depression and the level of anxiety in this study.
Materials and Methods: We included 35 patients in our study suffering from headache admitted to our algology department and control group consisting of 40 patients 20 men and 20 women. Patients were allocated into two groups. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) tests were used to test the level of depression and anxiety.
Findings: BDI scores for men in Group II: 9.3±7.3, whereas in Group I 14.6±13.2. (P<0.05) The mean of total scores for BDI in Group II: 10.4±6.3, and 15.4±13.7 (p<0.05). BDI and BAI scores were found higher in Group I compared to Group II significantly.
Results: Anxiety and depression accompany with headache.

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