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Posted by: TeeCee | 2020/02/20

Q.

Headaches and Stress

Good Day, My name is TeeCee. I have been experiencing hectic tension headaches for over 2 weeks now - this started sometime ago the beginning of this year (2020) i was stressed about a family situation that i was dealing with and since then any small thing that bothers me gives me a tension headache, anytime i stress i get a headache. I have history of anxiety and just got off -Urbanol (Benzodiazepines) about 3 months ago after using them for nearly 2 months. End of January i used Stresam used to take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening and then stopped after 2 weeks, but now i feel grody tired and headaches. My question is how is stress related to headaches and could it be that maybe i have a serious issue than what i am suspecting it is ( anxious ) ? is it normal for one to go for weeks suffering from tension headaches. I did see my GP last week and prescribed me Brentillex which i started taking yesterday ( 19/02/2020 ) along with stresam when needed. I need your help GP's tend to not respond to my questions.

Expert's Reply

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Depression expert
- 2020/02/25

Hello TC
Anxiety and stress have many common features, and headaches and other forms of bodily pain are often seen : probably including muscle tensions and tightness, along with the brilliant ability of both anxiety and depression to amplify pain of any cause.  It also sounds as though you may have got stuck, at times, in a vicious cycle. of having headaches caused by anxiety, which make you more anxious, which worsens the headaches, etc.
Stresam ( Etifoxine ) is an anticonvulsant which also reduces anxiety,  It is chemically different from the common (and often abused ) benzos.
Brentillix ( Vortioxetine ) is an antidepressant of the SSRI family,  and usually shows its benefits in the first couple of weeks you are taking it.
If someone has significant continuing anxiety, they are usually better treated with such an antidepressant than with the tranquilizer /sedatives which so often cause problems of their own.
An effective alternative, if one is eventually needed,  would be to see a good psychologist who can provide CBT ( Cognitive Behavior Therapy ) which could help you better identify whatever has been triggering this recent anxiety, and learning how to control that.  I would prefer such an approach, that would deal directly with whatever family problems began troubling you.

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