Understanding Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder (PMDD)

Understanding Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder (PMDD)

PMS is horrible, that’s the truth. And for some people it’s much more extreme than for others. Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder (PMDD) is a severe, sometimes disabling extension of PMS.

In both PMDD and PMS, symptoms typically begin 7-10 days before your period starts, continuing for the first few days of your period.

Both conditions can cause fatigue, bloating, breast tenderness, and changes in sleep and eating habits. In PMDD, however, the emotional and behavioral indicators are much more acute.

PMDD Symptoms:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Anxiety or tension
  • Extreme moodiness
  • Marked irritability
  • Anger

While many would say their emotions are heightened around their period, this condition manifests as extreme mood shifts that can disrupt your work and damage your relationships.

There are ways to help:

  • Antidepressants
  • Birth Control
  • Diet and lifestyle changes
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Herbal Remedies

If you believe you are suffering from Premenstrual Dysphonic Disorder, talk to your doctor as this is a serious condition and there are methods (some listed above) for preventing or minimizing symptoms.

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