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Study Finds Higher Prevalence of ADHD in Adult Migraine Patients

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October 10, 2023Adults who suffer from migraines have a higher prevalence of ADHD symptoms, a new study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found.1 While studies have previously demonstrated the higher incidence of migraines in ADHD patients,2 this study is the first to show that the association works the other way, establishing a bidirectional relationship between the two conditions.

In addition, most previous studies were conducted in children or adolescents and were based on patients with ADHD who were assessed for migraines.

This study focused on adults suffering from migraines whose ADHD symptoms may be undiagnosed. The finding could have implications for the assessment of migraine patients and could help to uncover undiagnosed ADHD in this group.The observational cohort study involved 250 adult participants: 150 controls, who did not have migraines, and 100 patients who were treated in a headache clinic for episodic migraines.

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