Just about everyone has a good understanding of what premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
is. Either you have dealt with it yourself, or have women in your life who have gone
through it. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is similar, but actually much more
severe, even though it is frequently misdiagnosed.
-Common Signs of PMDD
The main difference between PMS and PMDD is in the severity of your symptoms. With
PMS, you might get moodiness and depression, but with PMDD, these are far more
severe. Here is a list of some common symptoms in people with premenstrual dysphoric
- Chronic fatigue: to start with, you might notice that you are tired constantly when you
are going through PMDD. It happens around the same time as PMS, but you can’t seem
to find energy in anything you do. The fatigue might be so bad that it is affecting your
quality of life, you miss work, and you have no interest in doing anything.
- Anxiety and mood changes: some of the most obvious changes are in your mood
and mental health. If you have anxiety, you may notice it gets much worse around this
time, leading to panic attacks and severe anxiety. You might notice signs of depression,
like lack of interest in activities, sadness, ad hopelessness. It can also cause
unpredictable mood swings, agitation, and irritability.
- Increased appetite and food binges: your appetite might also change, where you
suddenly are ravenous and never feel full. If you have a history of eating disorders,
those feelings might crop up, especially with binge eating.
- Isolation: similar to changes in your mood, you may notice that you want to isolate
yourself from people and activities that usually interest you.
- Insomnia or poor sleep: a lot of women with PMDD also find that they struggle to fall
asleep or stay asleep.
-Who Might Get it
Unfortunately, there is no known single cause of PMDD, and doctors won’t be able to
tell you if you’re going to get it. Many researchers believe it is related to hormonal
changes and the serotonin levels in your brain. But if you have more serious PMS
symptoms, you are likely at a greater risk for PMDD.
How to Treat PMDD
PMDD is a condition that should not be overlooked. Far too many people assume they
just have regular PMS, but rarely consider seeing a doctor with this condition. It is
important that you see a doctor if you think you might have PMDD, or you are
concerned about weird symptoms when you typically have PMS.
Treatments might include managing your stress, getting regular exercise, changing your
diet, taking certain medications, and controlling inflammation in the body. Don’t forget to visit our shop to get our digital products.
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