January 11, 2010
Dr. Alan Jacob
To give you a sense of what I am talking about, consider the 15-year-old who had suffered from progressive emotional disturbances ever since her periods began three years before coming to see me. About one week prior to each period, her anxiety levels would rise dramatically and she would become irritable, volatile and have great difficulty sleeping. On the first day of her period, relief would come and she would be back to normal, fearing the next go-round 21 days later.
During freshman year in high school, several events began to distress and socially isolate her. Doctors tended to minimize her problems, telling her this was normal in teenage girls. Eventually, in reaction to her stress and the suffering the premenstrual syndrome (PMS) would cause, she jumped off a bridge in a suicide attempt.
Comment from Leslie
See my comment right under the blog post.