Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

A severe form of PMS that affects up to 8% of women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMDD may impair a woman’s ability to go to work and may disrupt relationships due to extreme mood swings along with physical effects. Symptoms often begin 7-10 days prior to onset of menses, and may continue for a day or two into a woman’s period. This occurs every month. Women suffering from PMDD may have severe depressive symptoms of hopelessness or sadness, possibly extreme irritability or anger, notable moodiness and/or anxiety or tension before menstruation; they may have physical symptoms like bloating or breast tenderness, and may have difficulty sleeping and/or a change in appetite and/or weight, among other possible symptoms.
There are several options for treatment including lifestyle and dietary changes, birth control pills and/or SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) used in various dosing patterns to minimize symptoms and decrease life disruptions from symptoms.