Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 467-471

The role of psychometric testing and psychological treatment in tension-type headache

  • Lorna H. LondonAffiliated withDiamond Headache Clinic
  • , Bernard ShulmanAffiliated withDiamond Headache Clinic
  • , Seymour DiamondAffiliated withDiamond Headache Clinic

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Tension-type headaches are a common occurrence for many people. Psychological issues such as stress, depression, and anxiety have been shown to coexist with tensiontype headaches. The relationship between psychological factors and headaches is supported by literature, and treatments that combine a pharmacologic and psychological approach address the needs of the whole person. In this article, the role of psychometric testing and the application of psychological interventions for use on patients with tension-type headaches are reviewed. Recommendations are-made about approaches that are designed to improve physical and psychological health.