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IHC 2023 | Addressing the stigmatization in migraine care

Aynur Özge, MD, PhD, Mersin University School of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey, discusses the critical issue of stigmatization and realistic expectations surrounding migraine care in children and adults. Both patients and healthcare professionals need to have matching expectations to ensure effective treatment. Many children, particularly those with comorbid psychiatric problems, suffer from a high level of stigmatization. Having a complex brain disorder like chronic migraine, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder can lead to misunderstandings and underestimation of the impact on a patient’s life. Prof. Özge emphasizes the need for healthcare professionals to be aware of the neurobiological origins of comorbidities and avoid stigmatizing patients. Managing and solving such problems requires a holistic approach. This interview took place at the International Headache Congress (IHC) 2023 in Seoul, Korea.

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