People with medically diagnosed anxiety and depression often experience regular tension headaches. The emotional stress of both anxiety and depression can impede proper self-care, including drinking enough fluids and eating right - both of which lessen headache pain. The thoughts and feelings that accompany an episode of anxiety or depression can lead to painful tension headaches. Many people with anxiety and depression use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to manage their mental health conditions. As a behavioral and habit changing practice, CBT is demonstrated to reduce the severity of anxiety and lift depression. As these conditions become better managed, many patients report a reduction of physical symptoms like headaches.
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