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A migraine is defined as a headache associated with intense throbbing and often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. They can last anywhere from a few minutes to several days long, and the pain and disorientation can be so intense that it renders the person having one incapable of doing just about anything. Doctors aren't 100 percent sure what exactly causes them, but a new study published by the University of Toronto offers an interesting statistic: people who witnessed physical abuse between their parents were more likely to get migraines (men were 52% more likely and women were 64% more likely).
Migraines themselves are thought to be brought on by abnormal brain activity and a serotonin imbalance. Numerous studies have shown that when a person is under intense levels of stress and anxiety, their brains produce greater amounts of fear-related chemicals like adrenaline, and less of the joy-related chemicals like serotonin. According to the University of Toronto study, it's possible that witnessing domestic violence adds viscerally stressful memories to a still-developing mind. If the pattern of abuse is constant, the brain can get used to overproducing adrenaline and under-producing serotonin, which would explain why migraines can be a chronic condition for some.
How can you prevent migraines? For some, avoiding salty and over-processed foods, remaining well-hydrated, and avoiding caffeine can make a big help. Regular exercise has been shown to release serotonin into the body and this can make migraines less frequent. Have you or someone you know ever suffered from one? How do you cope with them? Do you have any tricks for lessening their intensity? Please leave a comment down below.
Childhood adversities, including witnessing parental domestic violence, linked to later migraines (Science Daily)
"Adults who were exposed to childhood adversity, including witnessing parental domestic violence, childhood physical and sexual abuse have higher odds of experiencing migraine headaches in adulthood, according to a new study."
Migraine: Causes and Symptoms (Mayo Clinic)
"Migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with the trigeminal nerve, a major pain pathway."