Masruha MR et al. – Chronic migraine is strongly associated with high social anxiety score, regardless of demographic data and pain intensity. The total burden of migraine may be increased with social anxiety disorder comorbidity.Methods
- This study was performed between August 2009 and August 2010; all patients were recruited in schools, pediatric or neuropediatric facilities, and were submitted to a detailed headache questionnaire, which consisted of demographic and clinical data.
- To evaluate social anxiety, the Social Phobia Inventory was used.
- A total of 151 subjects were evaluated: 50 had chronic migraine, 50 had episodic migraine and 51 were control subjects.
- In the chronic migraine group, the mean score in the Social Phobia Inventory was 18.5 ± 12.4, which was significantly higher than in the episodic migraine group (12.1 ± 8.1) and in the control group (13.8 ± 10.8; F2131= 4.8, P= 0.010).
- The mean score, however, was not significantly different between the control and episodic migraine groups.