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Volume 22

October - December 2006

Number 4


 

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Personality Characteristics in
Patients with Migraine Headaches

Ali A. Rezaei1, Farshid Shamsaei2, Nima Rezaei3

ABSTRACT

Objective: To determine the personality characteristics in patients with migraine headaches.

Method: The sample group of this cross-sectional study included 96 adult patients suffering from migraine who were randomly selected to be tested by Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), from which eight personality scales (hypochondriasis, depression, schizophrenia, psychopathy, paranoia, psychasthenia, hysteria and mania) were reviewed.

Results: Of all participants, 77 were female, 66 were married, 58 had a college degree or higher education and the patientsí mean age was 32.8 years. As of personality characteristics, the symptoms of somatization, hysteria and obsessive-compulsive disorder were more prominent in women, whereas depression, anxiety and psychasthenia were the main features of MMPI test interpretation among men.

Conclusion: Patients with migraine headaches have specific personality features that may affect the initiation and exacerbation of headaches and the symptoms of migraine disease.Considering the personality and psychologic aspects of these patients could be beneficial in their management.

KEY WORDS: Migraine, Personality, Headache.

Pak J Med Sci October - December 2006 Vol. 22 No. 4 480-482


1. Dr. Ali A. Rezaei,
Department of Neurology, Sina Hospital.

2. Dr. Farshid Shamsaei,
Faculty of Nursing,

3. Dr. Nima Rezaei
Medical Student,

1-3: Hamedan University of Medical Science,
Postal Code: 65178
Hamedan, IRAN.

Correspondences:
Dr. Farshid Shamsaei,
E-Mail: shamsaei68@yahoo.com

* Received for Publication: December 9, 2005

* Accepted: April 30, 2006


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