How Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) differs from PMS
It’s that time of the month again. For many women, this phrase is met with a sense of dread, as they know that their mood will soon take a turn for the worse. But for some women, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is much more than just a case of the blues. PMDD is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that can disrupt your life for days or even weeks at a time.
So what exactly is PMDD and how does it differ from the more common PMS? Read on to find out.
What is PMDD?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While PMS affects around 85% of women, only 3-8% of women suffer from PMDD.
PMDD is characterised by a number of physical and psychological symptoms that occur in the week or two before your period. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can make it difficult for you to carry on with your normal life.
What are the symptoms of PMDD?
The most common symptoms of PMDD include:
- mood swings
- sleep problems
- changes in appetite
- food cravings
- breast tenderness
- joint or muscle pain
How is PMDD diagnosed?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor. They will ask about your medical history and do a physical examination. You may also be asked to keep a diary of your symptoms for several months.
If your doctor suspects you have PMDD, they may refer you to a mental health professional for further assessment.
How is PMDD treated?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating PMDD. However, there are a number of treatments that can help to lessen the symptoms. These include:
- antidepressant medication
- birth control pills
- supplements such as calcium and vitamin B6 (or these Magnesium-OK supplements, which has been a game-changer for me personally)
- lifestyle changes such as exercise, relaxation techniques, and stress management
If you are suffering from severe premenstrual symptoms, it’s important to see your doctor. PMDD is a treatable condition and there are a number of options available to help lessen the symptoms. With the right treatment, you can continue to live your life to the fullest. Woohoo!
If you’re interested in reading more about PMDD or ‘Mindset’, ‘Procrastination’ or ‘HSP’, head over to the blog page here.
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