Any experience with Teenage Chronic Headaches & Depression?

Pamela - posted on 02/27/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Hi, Is there anyone who has a child... early teens, who has experience with, and found a solution for what has been diagnosed as "chronic headaches". This is opposed to "migraine headaches", because with migraines, the person does have periods where there is no headache present. My 13 yr. old daughter started suffering from headaches when the stress (homework load) increased in 7th grade, and once the 8th grade school year started, she complains about headaches daily. Many days have been so debilitating that she has missed A LOT of school, and we are becoming a regular in the ER. Despite our consultation with the Neurologist & Psychologist, we have found no long-term relief as of yet. Amitryptalene (Sp?) was discontinued after about 2 weeks, & I have an uneasy feeling about the most recent suggestion of having her take Depakote.

A little background: She has the tendancy to be a perfectionist, is used to getting "straight A's", likes to always hand in work, which is "pleasing" to her teachers, and has become anxious because, as life will teach you... and our good Lord loves us enough to help us learn... sometimes it doesn't matter how hard you work, you can't please everyone.

She goes through periods when she is in a VERY low state of mind, and fears complete failure because she recognizes that most all the time she feels bad physically, and therefore, she is currently unable to "make her plans happen", or even try.

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