PMDD: Diagnosing, Treating, and Overcoming Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

PMDD may be caused by an abnormal reaction to hormone changes during the menstrual cycle, causing a deficiency in serotonin. This inhibitory neurotransmitter is found naturally in the brain, and can affect mood and physical wellness. About 5% of women suffer from the severe symptoms of PMDD, while 15% of those suffering may attempt suicide.
Risk for developing PMDD can be heightened if there is a family history of PMS or PMDD, depression, postpartum depression, or other mood disorders. Lower education and cigarette smoking can also lead to PMDD. Symptoms of PMDD can be psychological or gastrointestinal, which can skin problems, fluid retention, vision problems, neurologic or vascular complications, and more. These symptoms can be mistaken for evidence of a different condition such as depression, anxiety, or a thyroid disorder.

Getting Diagnosed with PMDD

To be diagnosed with PMDD, speak with a physician for proper assessment. Usually 5 or more of the following symptoms must be present during menstrual cycles, or up to 3 days before and after:
Risk for developing PMDD can be heightened if there is a family history of PMS or PMDD, depression, postpartum depression, or other mood disorders. Lower education and cigarette smoking can also lead to PMDD.
Symptoms of PMDD can be psychological or gastrointestinal, which can skin problems, fluid retention, vision problems, neurologic or vascular complications, and more. These symptoms can be mistaken for evidence of a different condition such as depression, anxiety, or a thyroid disorder.

Getting Diagnosed with PMDD

To be diagnosed with PMDD, speak with a physician for proper assessment. Usually 5 or more of the following symptoms must be present during menstrual cycles, or up to 3 days before and after:

Getting Diagnosed with PMDD

To be diagnosed with PMDD, speak with a physician for proper assessment. Usually 5 or more of the following symptoms must be present during menstrual cycles, or up to 3 days before and after: