It always amazes me the research that I am lucky enough to read, pause and think about during my days. This was just one of those research articles -- the Journal Headache has published a study showing that children who witness violence in childhood have a higher chance of experiencing migraines as adults.
This is another reminder supporting how one experiences the world in the present may have precedents from deep in the past - childhood trauma may create debilitating headaches in the present. The study did not show a direct cause and effect, but also didn’t rule it out.
As a person who has had more migraines in my 40’s than any other time in life, it gives me pause to contemplate what is happening in my body and mind and the changes to life. Initially, I thought my migraines were caused by dehydration; after all I live in Utah. Alas, my “drink more water” solution is not the solution it was in my 30’s. I am looking for connections and reasons (and cures) for why my head is exploding. What is going on for me -- stress or worse hormones? I do not have the answers, but it may be my body telling me to slow down and relax.
So take the time, slow down and think about what you need as a parent to support your troubled teen or young adult. The headache or body pain is usually tied to something else. As any first responder learns in class, first, do not become a victim. Do not forgot the value of self care and find out what you need.