A history of maternal depression and migraine was significantly more common and proportionately higher in children with abdominal migraine and recurrent abdominal pain in a study from Birmingham, England. At a structured interview with a printed recording sheet, 27% of mothers gave a lifetime history of migraine. Mothers of children in the headache group gave a history of migraine 1.5 times more often than in controls. A total of 21% of mothers gave a lifetime history of depression. Significantly more mothers had a history of depression in the headache, migraine, recurrent abdominal pain and abdominal migraine groups than in controls. 
COMMENT. This study emphasizes the need to assess the mother when treating children with headache or recurrent abdominal pain.
In a study of 28 patients aged between 13 - 18 years with chronic daily headache seen at The Germantown Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 86% were diagnosed with depression. Antidepressant medication, biofeedback and psychotherapy were recommended. 
Dr. J.N. Blau of the National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London comments that “in migraine the plethora of theories provoke profound intellectual dissatisfaction” and that migraine may be a protective phenomenon.