Migraine: Stigma in Society

  • Simy K. Parikh
  • William B. YoungEmail author
Episodic Migraine (S. Nahas, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Episodic Migraine


Migraine is a prevalent disease with a substantial socioeconomic impact. However, stigma affects social attitude toward migraine, accruing additional burden on individuals with migraine and isolating them from a society that should be supporting them.

Purpose of this Review

This review will discuss the following concepts: (1) the emergence of stigma toward migraine and its impact on medical care; (2) internalized stigma among those with migraine and its detrimental effect on quality of life and patient-physician relationships; (3) the structural impact of stigma on research funding, workplace support, and specialized care; and (4) strategies for “rebranding” the disease and alleviating stigma toward migraine.

Recent Findings

Recent literature on condition rebranding offers strategies on how to define and communicate migraine to the public.


Rebranding of migraine to alleviate societal stigma is paramount. This involves use of unified language, education, and advocacy.


Stigma Migraine Disability Rebranding Wellness 


Funding Information

Research partially funded by The Groten Family Fund

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Simy K. Parikh and William B. Young declare no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Jefferson Hospital for NeurosciencePhiladelphiaUSA

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