Tension-type headaches and anxiety
A tension-type headache is a more common and less severe type of headache. Often, tension-type headaches cause mild to moderate pain felt around the face, head, and neck. Unlike migraines, there usually aren’t any more additional symptoms aside from a headache.
There are two subtypes of tension-type headaches and these are episodic and chronic. If the tension-type headache is episodic, it means that it happens less than 15 days a month.
Chronic tension-type headaches occur 15 or more days in the month.
This type of headache is particularly common for people with GAD.
When is it an anxiety headache?
How do we know it’s an anxiety headache, then? Some symptoms that could point to anxiety as a cause is a dull or aching pain that could go up to moderate in severity.
Feeling pressure either behind the eyes or as if the perimeter of your head getting pulled tighter could also be an indicator.