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Headaches. Headaches and migraine headaches are fairly common in people with depression. If you already had migraine headaches, they may become worse if you’re depressed. The relationship between depression and migraine headaches, which affect more than 10 percent of Americans, is especially close. One study found that over a two-year period, a person with a history of major depression was three times more likely than average to have a first migraine attack, and a person with a history of migraine was five times more likely than average to have a first episode of depression.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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5:09AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

Don't lose enough rest, physically and mentally

10:34PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

There is a common belief that increases suicide rates.

"If they're talking about suicide, they're not really going to do it."

I had the privilege of serving with Suicide Prevention for about 8 years.

Almost every suicide is prefaced by the person talking or trying to talk to someone about their plan to kill themselves. However, friends reassure themselves by saying, "As long as they're talking about it, they won't do it."

Oh, yeah, they will,

If you can, get your friend to a professional....perhaps, Suicide Prevention, or to a medical doctor if they won't accept a psych, a psych or even possibly a religious leader.

The next best prevention of your friend's suicide is to

Listen to your friend without criticizing, educating and above all DO NOT give advice. To give advice is to risk being fired! It's sort of like "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day". "Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime."

There are some professional questions that we asked and that really helped,

"If a family member or a close friend came to you with the same problem you're telling me about what would YOU advise him to do?"

The idea is to get him a ray of hope. Let him know you care. Guide him to solve his own problem.

Mostly, JUST LISTEN without educating, correcting, explaining or anything else.

JUST LISTEN. You can save lives that way.

That's what we did.

12:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Unfortunately all this is true. Almost every patient who arrives in a hospital besides the problem that put them there such a fracture or surgery, they are too in many different medications for depression, and this is OK. If they feel better, but in the medical field they should treat the root of the problem not just put a bandage to it.

11:53PM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Using pain medication for chronic pain shouldn't make you feel depressed or guilty. It should, however, shame the medical community for not helping with the source of the pain.

8:00AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you!

7:26AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

????? So everyone in their old age is depressed.

5:15AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thanks - very interesting info.

11:44AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

It's actually a sad self-perpetuating cycle when you have to battle chronic pain. The pain hurts, and often can only be decreased, not relieved, so it's depressing. Then the depression fires up your nerve sensors so that the pain increases. Then doctors recommend addictive drugs to combat the pain, which then makes you feel horrible and guilty. To get off this rat wheel, I had to quit almost all pain meds; start using a Bob-Beck zapper every day to normalize my nerves, and start doing actively positive meditations every day.

11:11AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

good reminders

7:56AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

interesting--ty

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