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Slovenska pediatrija 2014; 21: 38-46

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NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL MEASURES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO THE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC HEADACHE

V. Krkoč
KO za otroško, mladostniško in razvojno nevrologijo, Univerzitetni klinični center Ljubljana, Pediatrična klinika, Ljubljana, Slovenija

Abstract

Chronic headache in children and adolescents is a complex medical condition that results in consequences over a wide area of the child’s functioning and affects the quality of life of the whole family. This paper presents a comprehensive approach to the understanding and treatment of chronic headache with reliance on an understanding of paediatric psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy. A review of non-pharmacological treatments that have been shown to be effective in chronic headache is presented in the article. Psychological approaches, which health personnel can use with a patient with chronic headache in everyday practice, are described.

Key words: chronic headache, non-pharmacological treatment, psychological approaches.