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Migraine Patients: A Discussion of Some Test Results

  • A. Kaldegg (a1)
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Research was carried out by a small unit in the York Clinic at Guy's Hospital into the possible connection between migraine attacks and the patient's emotional life. The hypothesis was that migraine was a product of stress and should, therefore, respond to psychotherapy directed towards helping the patient to deal with his emotional problems in a more adequate way. The clinical aspects of the investigation and therapy are described in full elsewhere (2, 3). Evidence was produced to support the view that migraine is a stress disorder. Contact was kept with all the patients for a period ranging from 2 months to 2 ½ years. In a series of 20 patients eight patients were much improved by therapy, ten improved and two remained unchanged. This paper presents the results of some of the psychological tests which were applied to those 20 patients.

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