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Some of the greatest sitcom episodes have included bits about PMS – how scary a woman can become when the "big red beast" comes to town. Unfortunately, PMS isn't all that funny to live with in real life, but what's worse than dealing with PMS is living with PMDD.
What is PMDD?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is much like PMS, but worse – so much worse – like PMS on steroids. PMDD can make living your life difficult, if not impossible for several days out of each month.
With PMDD, all of the premenstrual symptoms associated with PMS are exasperated. The depression, mood swings and anxiety are have a serious impact in how you react to nearly any situation in your life.
The symptoms of PMDD typically start between 7 and 10 days before the first bleeding day of your period. During these 7 to 10 days, you can swing from a deep depression to a fit of rage in just seconds – it takes very little to ignite the flame burning in your belly.
How do you know if it's PMDD?
Unfortunately, it's not always easy to diagnose PMDD. This is because some mental health issues are also tied to the hormonal changes that occur during a woman's period. If there is an underlying mental health issue that hasn't been treated or identified, it could be what's been causing the uptick in irritability and the mood swings you experience.
For PMDD to be diagnosed, your will not only work with your gynecologist, but possibly also a psychologist or psychiatrist. You will need medical professionals from both worlds to perform tests and to discuss what you've been experiencing. With some testing and some conversations, your doctors will worth together to come up with a treatment plan for your situation.
How do you alleviate symptoms?
The cramping and back pain can be resolved with a few ibuprofen or PMS medicine, but those emotional issues that you're having will take a little more. Your doctor may recommend mood stabilizing medication to be taken about a week before your symptoms start and continuing through the first few days of your bleeding cycle.
In the meantime, cut the caffeine, don't drink alcohol, avoid social and stressful situations and talk about what you're going through with the people that have to share your life. If you don't tell them what you're going through, you could drive everyone away and find yourself standing alone as you suffer through this each month.
Don't wait – talk with your doctor about what can be done to improve your quality of life each month. Visit a walk-in family medical clinic if you need more help.Share