Recent Developments in the Psychological Assessment and Management of Recurrent Headache Disorders

  • Kenneth A. Holroyd
  • Douglas J. French
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


Most people occasionally experience but are seldom disabled by headaches. However, epidemiological studies reveal that more than 8 million females and 2 million males are disabled with some frequency by migraine headaches alone (Stewart, Lipton, Celentano, & Reed, 1992). The number of new cases of disabling headaches each year has been estimated at more than 2 million, almost 1% of the population (Goldstein & Chen, 1982). It is thus not surprising that headache is one of the most frequent complaints presented in outpatient medical settings (DeLozier & Gagnon, 1975; Leviton, 1978). Because the vast majority of patients (probably over 95%) who seek medical assistance have headaches that do not result from any identifiable structural abnormality or disease state, a large industry has arisen to develop, produce, and market headache remedies.


Migraine Headache International Headache Society Relaxation Training Recurrent Headache Tension Headache 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A. Holroyd
    • 1
  • Douglas J. French
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOhio UniversityAthensUSA

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