Social handicap, a factor of isolation and depression
Migraine places a real burden on people with it, sometimes with significant personal suffering, a deterioration in the quality of life and a financial cost. Recurrent attacks, mostly unpredictable, create a lot of uncertainty and stress in professional, family and social life.
Long-term efforts to live with the pain of chronic migraine can also predispose the person to other illnesses. Anxiety and depression, for example, are much more common in people with migraines than in healthy people.
A still underdiagnosed disease
Many people suffering from migraine are neither diagnosed nor treated by a specialist, even though migraine is considered by World Health Organization as one of the four most debilitating chronic conditions (along with quadriplegia, psychosis, and dementia).
According to figures from World Health Organization, only 40% of people with migraine and tension headaches and only 10% of medication overuse headaches are diagnosed. 50% of people with headache are self-medicated.
A financial cost for society
15% of the population worldwide suffers from migraine. It is the most frequent and costly neurological pathology in Europe.
Migraine is a public health issue because of the disability it associates with and its financial cost to society. Mainly affecting the working population (headache is responsible for 20% of work absenteeism), the estimated cost of migraine is of 111 billion euros per year for the whole European Union.