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From Australia: I am getting chronic migraines due mostly to anxieties over my crappy parenting ability. I concisely know I am a good parent, but have such severe anxiety over failing them that i am making myself ill. If I can look at my parenting and see that it is good, is therapy going to help?

Anxiety and Chronic Migraine

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Are you sure the headaches are from anxiety? It may be that you are anxious and you have something medical going on. Please see your physician to check. I wouldn’t want you to ignore something serious because you are convinced the problem is a mental one.

That being said, the answer to your question is “yes”, therapy can help. Although you know factually that you are a good enough parent (which is all any of us can be), you are still anxious. A therapist can help you move beyond facts to understanding and can help you develop skills for coping.

I encourage you to see a counselor. You deserve some relief. Your kids deserve to have a more relaxed mom.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Anxiety and Chronic Migraine

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Anxiety and Chronic Migraine. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2019, from
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