Anger is linked with acute migraines without aura, according to researchers.
Italian researchers aimed to identify whether migraine patients and healthy controls shared distinctive personality traits.
They compared 105 patients suffering from migraine without aura witha control group of 79 subjects. Subjects completed several psychometric questionnaires.
Researchers found the migraine patients showed more depressive symptoms, difficult anger management with a tendency to hypercontrol, and a distinctive personality profile with high harm avoidance.
The results suggest that the personality traits and psychosomatic mechanisms of migraine patients may make them vulnerable to stress and less skilled at coping with pain, the authors said.
Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (2007) 76:122-128