Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

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PMDD is a severe type of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Although the reasons for PMDD are not known, it may be linked to the hormonal swings of a menstrual cycle. While PMDD can affect anyone who continues to menstruate, there is a greater risk if you have a family history of PMS, PMDD and mood disorders.

Unlike PMS, PMDD symptoms are debilitating to the point a person may lose the ability to function properly. There are a greater number of physical symptoms, and this may make it difficult to perform daily activities. The extreme mood changes associated with PMDD can damage work and personal relationships.

Symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

There is no diagnostic test to confirm PMDD. Your doctor may perform tests to rule out other conditions. If those tests are negative, patients may need to keep a journal of their symptoms over a period of time. This can help establish the cyclical pattern of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and ensure an accurate diagnosis.

The psychological symptoms of PMDD are quite severe and interfere with daily functioning and interpersonal relationships. Some signs you may have PMDD are:

  • Anger
  • Irritability, anxiety or nervousness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness or confusion
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Decreased coordination

There are also physical symptoms of PMDD. While some may overlap with the symptoms of PMS, they are much more pronounced in premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

  • Cramping and bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Acne
  • Headache
  • Temporary weight gain

If you experience any of the symptoms of PMDD, it is important to contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. We have a qualified doctor specializing in gynecologic care.

Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

You cannot “cause” PMDD. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a chronic condition, and it won’t go away on its own. Some lifestyle changes, such as a proper diet and regular exercise, may help. It is still important to have a thorough medical evaluation. Without treatment, the symptoms of PMDD may get worse over time.

You do not have to suffer through the monthly debilitation caused by premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Safe and effective treatments are available. Contact the PMDD specialist at Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. to book an appointment today.