Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS but are severe enough to interfere with work, social activities and relationships. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this disorder in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome, or PMS.

Almost 75 percent of women of childbearing age have some form of premenstrual symptoms. Two to 10 percent have PMDD. These symptoms begin 10 to 14 days before your period and improve when your period starts.

The symptoms of PMDD include:

Trouble sleeping

Sadness and crying

Feeling nervous, anxious and irritable

Being quick to anger

Strong cravings for certain foods

Problems paying attention and concentrating

Fatigue, and

Physical symptoms such as breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain, and bloating

Keep a log of these symptoms. Every day rate each on a one to 10 scale. If there is a clear cyclic nature to your symptoms, you may have PMDD. Treatment may considerably improve life for you as well as those around you. Take this symptom log to your physician for counseling and treatment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.