A “Migraine Personality”?
“Patients suffering from migraine [without aura] show more depressive symptoms, difficult anger management with a tendency to hypercontrol, and a distinctive personality profile with high harm avoidance, high persistence and low self-directedness.. . . .
“The results suggest that the personality traits and psychosomatic
mechanisms of migraine patients may make them vulnerable to stress and
less skilled in coping with pain.”
Ack! Just the news migraineurs need when they’re trying to convince themselves and others that their pain is real. Now people who give the unsolicited advice that our headaches will go away if we’d just resolve our “issues” and relax have more ammunition.
Maybe it’s because I don’t want people with headache to be further stigmatized or stereotyped, but I have a hard time believing there’s a migraine personality. Of the traits listed in the study, I have depressive symptoms, high persistence and some harm avoidance. I’ve become much calmer and more laid back in recent years, but my headaches persist.
Do you think there’s a migraine personality and, if so, do you have that personality?