Author: Ayesha Farooq

Supervisor: Hina Javed Rana

Degree: BS

Year: 2013-2017

University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present aimed to determine the relationship between
Sensitivity, Fatigue, Sleep Disturbance, Psychological Distress
and Quality of Life in Migraine Sufferers. In the current study, the
hypotheses were: women and men are likely to differ in migraine
severity, quality of life and psychological distress (depression,
anxiety, stress). It was also hypothesized that there is likely to be
a positive relationship among migraine triggeres (sensitivity,
fatigue, sleep disturbance), migraine severity and psychological
distress and poor quality of life (depression, anxiety, stress) in
migraine sufferers. The present study also hypothesized the role
of psychological distress as mediator between the migraine
triggers and migraine severity. Correlational research design was
used by employing purposive and snowball sampling in the
current study. The data was collected from community, private
and government hospitals. Study sample comprised of 115
participants with women (n= 67) and men (n= 48) having age
range of 20-35 years. Assessment measures including Migraine
Severity Scale (MIGSEV), Highly Sensitive Person Scale (HSP),
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), Depression Anxiety Stress
Scale (DASS) and Headache Impact Test (HIT-6) were used.
Demographic information sheet and semi-structured interview
devised by the researcher were also used to assess the fatigue in
migraine sufferers. The results showed that significant differences
in migraine severity are present in men and women. Moreover the
significant gender differences are found in level of stress whereas
no differences are present in both genders on basis level of
anxiety and quality of life. The results also showed that a
significant positive relationship is present among the migraine
triggerers (sensitivity, sleep disturbance, fatigue), migraine
severity, psychological distress (anxiety, stress) and poor quality
of life in migraine sufferers. It was also revealed that
psychological distress (anxiety, stress) partially mediates the
relationship of migraine triggers (sensitivity, fatigue, sleep
disturbance) with the migraine severity. Current study results are
useful in identifying potential triggerers for migraine, devising
strategies for enhancing skills in migraine sufferers to manage
their problem in an effective manner and to aware the migraine
sufferers about the psychosocial aspects of migraine and
effectiveness of psychological treatment for migraine.

Keywords: Sensitivity, Fatigue, Sleep Disturbance, Quality of Life, Migraine.

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