Ohio, USA Dec, 23-2014 - When it comes to premenstrual conditions, we often hear of Premenstrual Syndrome or Premenstrual Tension, yet few of us may have heard of a condition that is wresting the quality of life of up to eight per cent of women across the globe: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (or PMDD). In this post we discuss the main symptoms and treatments of this challenging yet treatable condition.
What is PMDD?
PMDD is far removed from the typical bloating and cramping that can accompany periods. It is a mood disorder which increases in severity as a woman’s period approaches, leading to anxiety, aggression and high tension. PMDD enhances any mental conditions a woman may suffer from. It usually commences after ovulation and lasts throughout the first few days of one’s period. It can begin in adolescence and return during every new cycle.
What are the symptoms of PMDD?
To be categorized as having PMDD, women must suffer form at least five of the following symptoms, and must experienced between seven and 10 days without symptoms. The latter include:
- Feeling depression
- Anxiety, tension or edginess
- Increasing irritability as the period nears
- Inability to sleep or sleeping too many hours
- Lack of motivation
- No interest in one’s favorite things/activities
- A lack of energy
- Having difficulty concentrating
- Losing control over one’s feelings
- Severe PMS symptoms (e.g. severe bloating, weight gain or cramping)
- Harboring thoughts of suicide
PMDD: How to Cope
If you fear you may be suffering from PMDD, take action by seeking prompt diagnosis and treatment. The latter can involve anti-depressants but many women report significant improvement from following a more nutritionally sound diet, losing weight if they are obese, and refraining from smoking. Group therapy, support from family and friends and natural de-stressors like yoga or meditation can also go a long way towards alleviating symptoms.