How do you constructively deal with the anger and resentment that arises as a result of living with Migraine/Headache Disorder?
As most of us who suffer from Chronic Migraine can attest, depression is something else with which we cope. I’m lucky mine has never been severe, but I still needed treatment and have been on anti-depressants for nine years. One unexpected benefit of the anti-d’s has been the end of my flash-in-the-pan rages (always directed at myself or something I couldn’t control, not other people). My kids and husband still make fun of my Clark Griswald-like behaviors of slamming cupboards, tipping over the coffee table, knocking tins off the shelves, throwing things and yeah, I’m embarrassed but I also want to be honest.
Now however, I understand that this ranting was organic, and the anti-d has been a stabilizer. I haven’t thrown any tv remotes or magazines nor knocked things over in these last nine years. So it’s apparent there was a direct correlation. Being angry, no matter how short-lived, only served to induce or amp-up Migraine.
That’s not to say I don’t get irritable or annoyed. Those moods usually come at the pre-migraine stage or right at the onset. It’s when I’m trying to control my environment and can’t do so that brings out the irritability. I’m working on changing that, but it’s not easy. My best way of handling irritability is to move away from whatever’s the source of discomfort or conflict. The other depends on if my smart phone is handy so I may access calming quotes or pictures; anything to refocus my mind and keep the crankiness cranked down.
Disclaimer: The treatments mentioned in this or previous posts are not meant to be taken as advice. Please consult your physician if you have Migraines, Headache Disorders, excessive irritability or depression, or any other health concerns.
June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.
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