Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

Introduction

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) affects up to 10% of women who have periods.

Women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) also experience a range of PMS symptoms including bloating, headaches and breast tenderness in the weeks before their period is due. PMDD is more server than PMS. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) also causes severe anxiety, depression and mood swings.

Some women with PMDD can even become suicidal. PMDD symptoms improve within a few days after your period starts, but they can be severe enough to interfere with your life. Hormonal birth control (the pill) and antidepressants can relieve symptoms.

PMDD Symptoms

PMDD Symptoms

PMDD symptoms appear a week or two before menstruation and go away within a few days after your period starts. In addition to PMS symptoms, you may likely be experiencing:

  • Anger or irritability
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Food cravings and/or binge eating
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
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