Tension Headache (cont.)

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What causes tension headaches?

The exact cause of tension headache isn't known; and many factors probably play a role in why people develop headache. These factors may include:

  • lack of sleep,
  • skipping meals, or
  • increased stress (leading to a frequent description of these headaches as stress headaches).

Underlying diseases or conditions may frequently cause a headache, for example:

  • eye strain,
  • muscular tension caused by poor posture,
  • over exertion, or
  • anxiety.

In children, headache may be seen as a response to changes in school or home situations such as:

  • a new sibling,
  • testing at school, or
  • social isolation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/22/2015

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