What a powerful and provocative interview. My guest Lizette was brutally and lovingly honest about living with PMDD. As I mentioned during the interview – in all my years (and they are adding up fast) of “preaching” about the importance of living with the menstrual cycle to prevent physical, mental and emotional issues – this woman got it. And applied it to her life to recover from PMDD. She changed her diet, lifestyle, and started living with her cyclical self. Manna to my ears…. and hoping to yours as well.
Coming up on the next Holy Hormones Honey! Podcast
Lizette: PMDD A Hellish Vortex of Emotions
Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Liberty Beacon Media Network
No One asked.
I offered the explanation.
It fell on deaf ears.
Thousands of women are suffering from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Thousands of women dread the holidays because of the “hellish vortex of emotions” they go through on a monthly basis – and now as the days wane until the Winter Solstice, and the holidays loom ahead (actually one down and a big one to go) how do they cope? On Sunday, November 22, the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (NAPMDD) held their monthly board meeting. My guest, Lizette sits on the board with myself and other women from Colorado, the U.S., Canada and Spain. Yes #PMDD is a global issue. Yes, #PMDD is on the rise. And yes, women who are suffering are spearheading the movement for education, patient advocacy, and research. Why do some women suffer and others do not? We need to find the answer to this question. We need to work on prevention. PMDD affects entire families and ruins live.
Lizette has her own blog, “Decidedly Sane” and she gave me permission to re-post her recent blog, titled PMDD- a hellish vortex of emotions.
The post sums up what so many women feel – and yet they are continuously told their symptoms are “psychosomatic,” – all in their head. NAPMDD is the first adovcacy organization of its kind and it is growing exponentially. There are many pages on PMDD from around the world.
Amanda LaFluer, executive director of NAPMDD – posted this blog in October- The (Pre)Bloody Truth About PMS, PMDD, Premenstrual Education, and Being a Girl in the United States of America.
I think Amanda hit the nail on the head. How much of our suffering and our being told “it is all in our head” has to do be with being a girl in America.
If you are suffering from PMDD make sure you check out both of these women’s sites. Education is empowerment.
PMDD- a hellish vortex of emotions
There is a hellish vortex of emotions battling within me today. I am looking for my next rant as I carefully go from one activity to next in my endeavor to be #decidedlySane. However many disappointments I’ve had today, there is a sense of accountability that I must face. I have placed much too much weight of my own happiness in the hands of others. In my PMDD I look for consistency and when there is none…it is a trigger. I don’t care if this seems irrational…it is what it is. If someone I care for calls me on a daily basis and I don’t get the call…it makes me wonder why not and my colorful imagination begins to paint a picture. If I can’t connect with people who are generally easily accessible, it is a trigger and I reconsider the relationship because I feel lonely and dismissed. If I reach out to a family member and don’t’ get what I need it’s an emotionally charged trigger!
Today has not a great day to say the least, but I am not going to fight with anyone. I am going to “quietly” keep it moving…
I read many complaints about partners of women who suffer PMDD being unavailable, unsupportive or too clingy and I get it…I had someone in the beginning of my PMDD and without tools it is was tough to navigate and I hated having to share my PMDD space and explain where I was inside of the vortex. I hadn’t the vocabulary to describe any of it. Today armed with tools there’s been a shift. Ironically, in PMDD I now want love, comfort and attention. I brave so many of these storms alone and despite wanting to be in the passenger’s seat for a change, today I’ve no recourse, but to fill my day. Moving my body relieves the mind. I began my day with a spin class, followed by a healthy breakfast, a green juice; a lovely lunch with a friend. I am writing this post and am going to Bikram for more relief; like a top, if the thread is pulled I will spiral out. These activities are keeping me grounded.
Illogical at times the emotions in #PMDD make for a lot of suffering. There is a certain kind of dread and sadness that like the theater curtain comes down and all is black and can seem bleak. Being in action brings momentary relief and the realization that no one is purposely trying to hurt me. I believe that it is important for the sake of this community to honor the emotional escapade, validate what comes with the affliction and take accountability in order to become self-aware. Finally, when at all possible, take no prisoners. No need to start something because of a feeling that may be fleeting. Off to Bikram I go….namaste
For more information go to https://decidedlysane.wordpress.com/