Is Adult ADHD Giving you a Migraine? Maybe…

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If you’ve tried every other migraine remedy to relieve crushing migraine headaches with no success, maybe it’s time you tried remedies for ADHD.  According to recent findings, an unusually high correlation exists between migraine disorder and adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).


ADHD- It’s not just for kids anymore

In a new approach towards understanding ADHD, scientists have started including adult ADHD patients in their research, finding that many grown-ups suffer the same sort of social awkwardness and psychiatric problems faced by children with ADHD.  Although the rate of attention deficit hyperactivity in adults is much lower than in children- 1-4% versus 2-12%- the consequences are just as devastating.

Symptoms of adult ADHD

Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD in adults are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Work problems
  • Impulsive behavior,
  • Low attention span
  • Restlessness

ADHD and migraine headaches

It’s unknown if ADHD and migraines have a causative relationship (where one causes the other), or simply a comorbid (simultaneous) association.  Some suspect that anti-ADHD medications contribute to migraine headache symptoms, while others wonder if a deeper explanation is in order.

In a European study on adult ADHD and migraines, scientists made some interesting observations:

  • They found a significantly higher occurrence of migraine headaches among adult ADHD patients than in the general population.
  • Despite the fact that migraine illness is a neurological chronic pain disorder, where ADHD is a cognitive and behavioral disorder, the two conditions seem to share a comorbid relationship.
  • ADHD patients with migraines are more likely to suffer from depression than ADHD patients who don’t get migraine headaches.

Magnesium with migraines and ADHD

In a European study on magnesium and children with ADHD, scientists found that magnesium and vitamin B6 supplements improved cognitive health after only two months of vitamin supplementation. Many researchers today speculate that ADHD may indicate a magnesium deficiency.

Likewise, numerous studies focusing on magnesium and migraine headaches have confirmed impressive results with the introduction of routine magnesium supplements, suggesting a possible correlation with migraine disorder and magnesium deficiency.

Read more about magnesium as a natural migraine treatment:

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Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is associated with migraine headaches

Magnesium Health and ADHD in Children

Prophylaxis of migraine with oral magnesium: results from a prospective, multi-center, placebo-controlled and double-blind randomized study- PubMed, NCBI

Treating ADHD with Magnesium and Vitamin B6