Personality Changes and Headaches: What’s Causing It?

vision-loss-dizzy-confusionPersonality changes and headaches (together) are often symptoms of conditions or diseases such as Lyme disease or depression, but could also be side effects associated with certain medications. Below is a list of diseases and conditions associated with symptoms like personality changes and headaches, as well as a list of medications related to similar side effects.

We are not medical professionals, and these may not be comprehensive lists. Please contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or side effects, or similar health issues.

Personality Changes and Headaches Are Symptoms Of

Post Concussion Syndrome: Post concussion syndrome (PCS) occurs after a concussion and does not require loss of consciousness. Symptoms may not appear for days or weeks after injury and are often intermittent. PCS symptoms can include headache, personality changes, sleep disorders, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, and mood swings.

Lead Poisoning: Lead poisoning can occur in adults and children. Symptoms include abdominal pain, personality changes, headaches, a metallic taste in the mouth, nausea, constipation, and a loss of appetite. Lead poisoning in adults can lead to complications including damage to the reproductive organs, nerve disorders, and muscle and joint pain.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s slowly destroys the brain. Early signs include personality changes, repeating oneself, memory loss, losing things, and poor judgment. People with Alzheimer’s tend to have an increase in headaches.

Lyme Disease: Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks. It often goes overlooked and can have elusive symptoms including personality change, headaches, pain that moves around in the body, heart palpitations, and increased sensitivity to noise.

Depression: Headaches and personality changes are common markers of clinical depression. If these two symptoms are combined with feelings of depression, fatigue, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and other signs of clinical depression there may be a link you should discuss with your doctor or counselor.

Personality Changes and Headaches Are Side Effects Associated With

Raptiva: Raptiva is used to treat psoriasis by suppressing immune function. It has been linked to a brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Symptoms of PML include personality changes, memory loss, headaches, weakness, and vision problems. PML is often fatal.

Accutane: Accutane (isotretinoin) is used as a last resort to treat severe nodular acne that does not respond to other treatments. Side effects of isotretinoin include headaches, personality changes, suicidal thoughts, and an extreme risk of birth defects. The brand Accutane is no longer on the market, but isotretinoin is still sold generically.

Chantix: Chantix is a smoking cessation aid. It works by blocking the pleasurable effects of smoking in the brain. Side effects include personality changes, suicidal thoughts, anger, drowsiness, headaches, skin rash, insomnia, and nausea.

Yasmin: Yasmin is a birth control pill containing drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. Yasmin has been linked to serious, and even fatal, side effects including blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack, and gall bladder disease. Less serious side effects include headaches and personality changes.

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