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Article Date: 03 Sep 2010 – 2:00 PDT

Psychological migraine treatment gives sufferers a confidence boost in their ability to self-manage their symptoms.

For severe migraine sufferers, psychological treatments build on the benefits of drug therapy, according to a new study by Elizabeth Seng and Dr. Kenneth Holroyd from Ohio University in the US. Their comparison of the effects of various treatment combinations for severe migraine – drug therapy with or without behavioral management – shows that those patients receiving the behavioral management program alongside drug therapy are significantly more confident in their ability to use behavioral skills to effectively self-manage migraines. And surprisingly, the increase in confidence in self-management abilities is greatest among those who feel that they have very little control over their condition before treatment starts. Seng’s and Holroyd’s findings are published online in Springer’s journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

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