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Motor Vehicle Accidents, Headaches and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Assessment Findings in a Consecutive Series




Results of 20 consecutive cases referred for post-traumatic headache (PT-HA) to a psychological practice were assessed for both psychiatric and neurological diagnoses. Nineteen of the 20 cases (95%) had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, with 15 presenting with a post-traumatic stress disorder. Prior headache history was reported for only 25% of the referred patients, while a prior psychiatric disorder was found for 7 (35%) of the cases. Findings suggest that consideration of a psychiatric disorder should be made for PT-HA patients.