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Physical Symptoms
The primary difference between episodic and chronic headaches is headache frequency and severity of some symptoms. Thus, your chronic headaches may feel like what we described for episodic headaches:

- The muscles between your head and neck contract for hours or days.

- You experience a tightness around your neck or even feel as if your head and neck were in a cast, and only certain positions seem to provide relief. (A "stiff" neck might be symptomatic of a more serious disorder.)

- You may feel a soreness, a tightening band around your head (a "vice-like" ache), a pulling, or pressure sensations.

- For most of you, the pain is continuous, annoying, but not throbbing.

- Your headache primarily occurs in your forehead, temples or the back of your head and/or neck.

Physical Symptoms Associated with Anxiety or Depression
Although many people do not easily or comfortably accept the notion that they could be depressed, the fact remains: The chronic tension-type headache is generally the result of -- not necessarily the cause of -- either anxiety or depression. You may not even realize that you are feeling anxious or are in a state of depression; but, once you recognize the source of your emotional concerns, you can find relief.

If it is determined that the underlying source of your chronic tension-type headache is depression, then you may also be experiencing one or more of the following symptoms. Remember, though, that these may also be symptoms of other diseases, and this is why a medical evaluation is so important.


  • Changes in sleep patterns If your headaches are related to anxiety, then you may have trouble falling asleep or you may suffer from insomnia. If your headaches are associated with depression, then you may awaken frequently during the night, awaken before you wanted to in the morning, or you may be sleeping excessively (hypersomnia).
  • Early morning/late day occurrence. You may awaken to a headache or find it occurring just when you think you are leaving the stress behind.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Ongoing fatigue
  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Unexpected crying
  • Menstrual changes .

    Emotional Symptoms Associated with Depression
    Many people who cope with chronic tension-type headaches associated with depression also describe other feelings and symptoms:

  • Feelings of guilt
  • Hopelessness
  • Unworthiness
  • Fear of mental or physical disease or death
  • Poor concentration, little ambition, no interest in life, indecisiveness, or poor memory

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