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Understanding PMDD- Getting your mood swings sorted

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder i.e. PMDD is the triggered version of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). Scary, isn’t it?

The easiest way for you to understand the meaning of PMDD is to first understand PMS – its symptoms, how frustrating it is, and then ramp them way up to a level where it’s so unbearable it just not plays with your mood, it affects your daily life too! When PMS gears up to a whole new next level, that’s when PMDD comes into the picture – Yes! That’s how severe it is and this is the reason why it has also been named as “severe PMS”. PMDD causes various emotional as well as physical symptoms every month during the week or two just before your period starts. Experiencing PMDD can be very problematic as it makes it difficult to work, socialise and maintain healthy and happy relationships. In the worst case scenario, it may even lead to suicidal thoughts.

PMDD and depression

How would you know if you have PMDD?

Well, to be honest – you will. The symptoms of PMDD are so severe and debilitating that, you, by any chance, would not be able to disregard it. However, it’s always good to detect the issue as soon as possible and find a way to cure it. So, here’s a list of some of the common symptoms one encounters while PMDD-ing that would help you diagnose it.

  • Mood swings (you may call it ‘mood roller coasters’ in this case)
  • Depression or feelings of hopelessness
  • Intense anger and conflict with other people
  • Tension, anxiety, and irritability
  • Decreased interest in usual activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling out of control
  • Sleeping disorder
  • Cramps and bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Joints or muscle pain
  • Hot flashes

Mood swings during PMDD

These symptoms usually hit a week or two before your period starts and tends to get better as you get your periods and by the time your period ends, it disappears.

What are the causes of PMDD?

Although the exact cause hasn’t been found yet, researchers believe that PMDD is associated with increased sensitivity to the hormonal changes one undergoes during their menstrual cycle. Whereas, some suggest that genetic variations may be the cause of increased sensitivity to changes in hormonal levels.

PMDD is a very serious issue of concern and shouldn’t be ignored. We hope this post helps you understand PMDD better. If you ever feel like you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, please do pay attention to it and reach out to a doctor and also discuss it with your friends and family. Or if you feel conscious or nervous to talk about it to anyone, our expert advice is only a mail away!

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