MMPI Patterns in Common Headache Disorders

Authors

  • Richard A. Sternbach Ph.D.,

    1. From the Division of Neurology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, 10666 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California 92037
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  • Donald J. Dalessio M.D.,

    1. From the Division of Neurology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, 10666 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California 92037
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  • Minerva Kunzel M.A.,

    1. From the Division of Neurology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, 10666 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California 92037
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  • Gerald E. Bowman B.A.

    1. From the Division of Neurology, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, 10666 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, California 92037
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Abstract

SYNOPSIS

The results of the study support the findings that vascular headache patients obtain lower MMPI scores than do muscle contraction and mixed headache patients. We suggest that this may be due to more frequent and longer pain-free intervals. We also note a tendency for male muscle contraction headache patients to be somewhat more morally self-righteous than the other categories, but this finding requires confirmation. Comparisons between these headache patients (all categories) and 50,000 general medical patients showed the former to obtain scores markedly greater than the latter on most scales; this also may reflect greater duration and severity of subjective distress.

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