Constant stress: More and more young adults suffer from headaches

number of diagnosed headaches increased significantly
The number of young adults with a headache diagnosed with a doctor has increased significantly in recent years."In the period from 2005 to 2015 alone, the proportion of 18 to 27-year-olds with headache diagnoses has risen by 42 percent," writes the health insurance company Barmer in a recent statement on the presentation of their 2017 medical report.

More and more young adults in Germany are suffering from headaches, This is probably due to the increasing stress of the young people.(Picture: Alliance /

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According to this, 1.3 million young adults are now affected by a medically diagnosed throbbing, throbbing and stinging in their heads, 400,000 more than in 2005.

But not all humansGoing to the doctor with a headache probably adds a not inconsiderable dark figure.

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"There are many more likely to be headache sufferers than we know from medical diagnoses"said Barmer CEO Prof. dr. Christoph Straub.

Pressure on young people to increase
The sharp increase in headache diagnoses in young adults is all the more worrying considering that the number of diagnoses across all age groups has "only" increased by 12.4 percent.

in 2015, a total of 9.3 percent of the German population were affected. Most commonly, headaches were diagnosed at the age of 19 years.19.7 percent of women in this age group are burdened. For the men, it was 13.8 percent.

Why young people in particular are affected is unclear. Presumably, the pressure on the young people is steadily increasing.

Diverse Causes
Headaches can have very diverse causes. In addition, there are different characteristics.

experts distinguish among other things between genetically caused or stress-related migraine attacks, tension headaches due to muscle tension or also complaints as a result of infections, refractive errors or abuse of medication.

No matter what causes the discomfort: All sufferers have to suffer."Everyday life can be a pain for headache patients and endanger their professional or university existence. Especially young adults need better prevention services, "said Straub.

Dangerous use of tablets already in children
The importance of preventive measures is already shown in the case of children's questionable tablet consumption. According to a Barmer survey, 40 percent of children and adolescents between the ages of nine and 19 take medication if they have a headache.

The grip on the headache tablet should not become a habit for those affected. Because if taken incorrectly and frequently, painkillers can cause persistent headache.

"People who take headache tablets regularly or even excessively risk their health," warned Prof. Dr. med. Joachim Szecsenyi, author of the medical report and managing director of the AQUA Institute for Applied Quality Promotion and Research in Health Care in Göttingen.

The prescription rate of migraine drugs is also alarming according to the doctor's report. Such medications have unpleasant side effects, namely headaches.

"The dose makes the poison. Those who resort to medication to get rid of headaches, at worst, end up in a vicious circle of tablet consumption and persistent headache. Those affected then sit in a pill trap, "says Straub.

Alleviate Discomfort with Natural Agents
For milder ailments, simple tricks for headaches are often more effective than remedies anyway. For example, a few drops of lemon balm are applied to a piece of sugar and taken a well-known home remedy for headache.

Relaxation exercises for stress relief can also help. Straub said: "Sport, relaxation techniques or a healthy lifestyle could help many sufferers of the pill trap."( Ad)

Number of young Germans with headache problems has increased significantly
The number of young adults suffering from headaches has increased significantly in recent years. This emerges from the current Barmer physician report. The main reason for the increase is probably the increasing pressure and stress that young people are exposed to.

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