Migraine Behavior Changes Symptoms

Changes in Behavior

A migraine sufferer’s first heartfelt and greatest wish is relief from migraine headache while the second greatest wish is for seclusion. They just want to be simply left alone to get over their migraine attack.  Migraine can cause drastic changes in behavior which can range from mild to extreme changes such as:

Seeking pain relief

Most patients with cluster headaches or kidney stones will typically be rushing about or leaving home to find relief.  On the other hand, the migraine sufferers will usually choose an immobile position to find relief from the pain of migraine headache. Quite often, the victims of migraine will lie down although sometimes they may also stand very still or sit.

Emotional changes

Migraine sufferers in the throes of a painful migraine attack can generally become very irritable although there are some who may stay passive. There are cases where people who are usually kind, loving, patient and even-tempered individuals, can suddenly be transformed into rude, stubborn and very insensitive individuals. Some may feel like a martyr, look like a statue of wax or even behave like Satan himself.

Drowsiness and seclusion

Sometimes migraine sufferers can become extremely drowsy and they just do not want to do anything else except to sleep. If they are in this type of behavioral mood, just let them sleep it out.

Performance impact

Migraine can even impact mental ability. Migraine sufferers generally has poorer performance compared to their performance when they are not suffering from migraine attacks especially on tests that requires higher-ordered processes such as concentration, mathematical thought or creative activity. In addition, memory lapses may occur and may cause the perplexed and sad migraine sufferers to be confronted later with things that were said or done during a migraine attack and which they could not even recall at all.

Psychotic symptoms

In some cases, the behavioral changes caused by migraine can be very extreme and in very rare cases can even be psychotic. The migraine sufferer may feel a sense of unreality or may have uncontrollable and violent behaviors forcing the need for them to be restrained, either physically or chemically. Most of those who behaved this way during migraine attacks can rarely recall what happened during the migraine attack.