During the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study reveals an increase in the occurrence of headaches in adolescents.


During the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study reveals an increase in the occurrence of headaches in adolescents

Long-term computer use, a lack of conducive home learning environments, school exams, and worries over COVID-19 were all discovered to be risk factors for the deterioration of headache symptoms or the introduction of new headaches.

In the multicenter study, which included 851 teenagers between the ages of 10 and 18, 756 (89%) of the kids reported having headaches during the research period. 10% of these kids said they had developed headaches suddenly during the pandemic home-schooling period. 27 per cent of kids reported that their headaches had become worse, 61 per cent that they had stayed the same, and 3 per cent that they had gotten better.

The average number of headaches experienced by those who reported worsening or new-onset headaches per month was 8–9. When compared to a third of kids in the stable group (33%) who used opioids at least once a month, almost half of the kids in this group (43%) did so.

In contrast to earlier findings, the team's data did not show a tendency towards a reduction in headache frequency and severity throughout the pandemic, according to lead researcher Dr. Ayşe Nur zdag Acarli of Ermenek State Hospital in Karaman, Turkey.

Dr. Acarli stated, "Although prior research revealed that school closures during the early weeks and months of COVID-19 resulted in fewer headaches among young people, this longer-term study has found the tensions and demands of the pandemic finally took their toll.

According to the study, headaches significantly impacted both mental health and academic performance. The exacerbated headache and new-onset headache groups also had significantly greater depression and anxiety levels, including fear of contracting COVID-19. Additionally, these respondents admitted that they had put less effort into their schooling and that their academic performance had declined.

Exams, city life, weight increase, depression, and other factors were also associated with more frequent headache occurrences in the study.

"Young people have reservations about the quality and sufficiency of online education, and 62 per cent of respondents stated they were dissatisfied with it, while 21 per cent were unsure," Dr. Acarli added in his statement. Age, depression, and anxiety are all significantly correlated with headache severity and frequency.

The most frequent neurological condition in kids and teenagers is a headache. Headaches can be caused by a variety of causes, including sleep, the use of electronics, and socioeconomic circumstances.

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