Right now, stress feels like the new normal—and more stress in your life can lead to changes in your health.

Headaches in particular are often brought about by increased stress levels, but while "stress headaches" may be a good description of what's going on in your body, it's not an entirely accurate diagnosis. Here's what you need to know about headaches triggered by stress, and how to help relieve the pain. 

Stress headaches aren’t an official classification of headaches in the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3), but are more accurately known as “tension-type” or tension headaches, Ellen Drexler, MD, a board-certified neurologist based in New York, tells Health.

“Tension-type headaches are defined by the absence of migraine features, so they tend to appear on both sides of the head, feeling like a pressure pain, without the usual migraine accompaniments of nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and worsened by head movement,” says Dr. Drexler. “They'd be the sort of run-of-the-mill pressure in the front of your head kind of headache of mild to moderate severity.”

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