Have you ever thought that your headaches could be a sign that you have a personality disorder? According to research done, the headache that you feel turns out to have something to do with one's personality. Is that right? Check out the reviews.
What is the relationship between headache and personality disorder?
In a study in The Journal of Headache and Pain, research was conducted involving 80 participants with symptoms of headaches. This test was also assessed based on the personality traits of the participants who were tested using the Salamanca test.
The Salamanca test is a simple questionnaire used to screen eleven personality traits. However, in the end 11 of these characteristics will be divided into 3 cluster groups:
- Cluster A (paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal) as a whole often behaves strangely or eccentrically.
- Cluster B (histrionic, narcissistic, impulsive, threshold or borderline) as a whole are often very emotional or dramatic.
- Cluster C (anankastic, dependent, anxiety) as a whole often feels anxious or afraid.
After being observed, the researchers showed that participants with personality disorders who had characteristics of headaches, generally referred to people who were easily experiencing symptoms of headaches, the most common personality traits were anankastic, anxiety, hysterics, and schizoid.
Furthermore, the above study was compared with previous studies that have examined the personality traits of 164 participants suffering from migraine. When compared (between participants in the headache study with migraine participants), it was found that participants who experienced headaches were closer to the characteristics of paranoid and schizoid.
While personality disorders such as anxiety and dependence are more common in people who experience migraines than those who experience headaches.
It was also found that men experience headaches more often, whereas migraines often occur in women. Researchers are still trying to determine whether personality disorders found among those who suffer from headaches or migraines can be explained by sex. However, that is not the main result you want to get.
Then what is the result?
The results of the above research actually show that certain personality disorders may be more commonly experienced by people who have a primary headache disorder. However, this is not something that can explain for sure if a headache person has a personality disorder. Vice versa, does not mean that people who have personality disorders must experience continuous headaches.
This research is only a link between certain characteristics and symptoms. Further research is still needed to examine the relationship between headaches and different personality traits. To treat personality disorders associated with headaches, you should consult a doctor first.
As for dealing with this personality disorder, psychiatrists will usually recommend treatment:
There are many types of therapy (speech therapy, light therapy, group therapy, etc.) to help you overcome feelings and control them.
There are no drugs approved for the treatment of personality disorders. Some drugs can help restore the balance of hormones and brain chemicals, such as:
- Antidepressants, which can improve depression, anger or impulsivity.
- Mood stabilizer, which prevents mood swing and reduces irritation and aggressiveness.
- Antipsychotic drugs, also known as neuroleptics, can help people who lose consciousness with reality.
- Anti-anxiety drugs, which help relieve anxiety, anxiety and insomnia.
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