Beat Pre Menstrual Blues

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January 17, 2010 by Premium Woman PMS, PMDD

Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a condition marked by severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. We show you ways of dealing with it.

Mood swings, bloated sensations, pain, anxiety, irritability and food cravings are the regular symptoms evident at the onset of the menstruation cycle, generally termed as PMS or Pre Menstrual Syndrome. But if you feel excessive mental and physical distress, then it requires medical attention immediately, as you may be suffering from Pre Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
Dr Praveena Shenoi, Gynecologist at Manipal Hospital, Bangalore provides insights and ways to deal with this condition.
The real reason
This severe premenstrual condition is a dramatic form of PMS. It starts two weeks before the menstrual cycle and lasts till the onset of it. Mostly experienced by overworked women in the age group of late 30s and early 40s, it occurs due to sedentary lifestyles youngsters lead today. “These women caught in the rut of money making and fast food binging hardly find any time to exercise, eat properly and relax. This leads to extreme hormonal balances and hence PMDD,” says Dr Shenoi.
Read the signs
PMDD is recognized by depression, anxiety, irritability, lack of concentration, suicidal tendencies (in severe cases) along with listlessness, insomnia or hyper insomnia, food cravings and need for emotional closeness. Physical symptoms such as headaches, breast swelling, bloating of the body and joint pains are also associated with this disorder.
How to tell apart PMDD from other psychiatric problems
Symptoms of PMDD and other psychiatric issues often overlap. So the only way to differentiate a PMDD condition is that it lasts only till the start of the menstrual cycle. However if the symptoms persist, further treatment should be taken from a psychologist or a counsellor.


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.