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PMDD Symptoms to Watch Out For

If you have heard of PMDD but are not sure if you have it or not you will need to know what PMDD symptoms to watch out for before you make any decision on your health, and how to handle it. Below is a list of common symptoms of PMDD that are experienced by the majority of sufferers. You may not experience all of them, but if you are experiencing several of them, you should check with your doctor to be sure of your condition.

  • Depression – Ranging from deep ‘can’t get out of bed’ to a lesser – but still problematic – sense of sadness and lack of interaction
  • Irritability – Becoming snappy with friends, family, children, and colleagues and so on. This should be in relations to things that would usually not bother you much during other times of the menstrual cycle.
  • Anger – Even more than irritability, actually going off the rails, yelling and screaming, or perhaps sullen icy silence and glaring over the smallest of matters.
  • Extreme sensitivity – Unable to take any criticism or feedback. Any slight challenge to you can become a crushing blow.
  • Lack of interest in familiar activities – Things that used to bring you peace and calm, or excitement and fun seem to lose their interest as your brain cannot make those familiar connections during this phase.
  • Withdrawal from family and friends – A withdrawal from life in general, sometimes caused by not wanting to become angry with anyone, and other times because you just lose interest in social interaction.
  • Anxiety – Being anxious, worried to the point of panicking in many cases. This increases stress and makes the condition worse!
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed – Your fragile mind in this period finds it hard to cope due tot he incredible pressure on all aspects of your coping mechanisms.
  • Fatigue or lack of energy – Feeling drained and weak both physically and mentally.
  • Feelings of hopelessness – Much like depression, but sometimes coming out as less withdrawn and instead a giving up on things you might usually be passionate about.
  • Trouble concentrating – If you have these symptoms above you can see why … your brain is also not functioning properly and becomes more easily distracted.
  • Overeating or a lack of appetite – Hormonal changes can have massive impacts on your hunger regulators.
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much – This is a combination of your body not being able to regulate the usual sleep cycles, and compounded by other symptoms.
  • Breast tenderness and pain – Too many, or too little hormones can cause swelling and tenderness of the breasts and nipples beyond what is normal for a woman.
  • Weight gain and bloating – Water retention and bloating are common with PMDD. Your body also has a more difficult time of processing blood sugar in many cases leading to storage of fat.
  • Headaches – Self explanatory, can become full blown migraines.
  • Muscle pains and aches – Some describe this akin to feeling like they have the onset of the flu, while other only get it in certain joints or muscles due to tension.

If you have several of these things in the last week of the menstrual cycle please see a doctor to confirm your condition, but please do not take any drugs before you look into more natural solutions to PMDD.

What is PMDD or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

If you have been having extreme PMS or PMT then you might have been told you have, or suspect you have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. But just what is PMDD really? Is it just some throw away phrase the medical profession has concocted, or is it something more meaningful and serious that you should understand further?

Well in my opinion it IS something serious and all women who suffer from PMDD or even sever PMS should know more about because it is something that really does damage your life in many ways. PMDD can cause all sorts of ramifications such as:

  • damaging relationships
  • further unbalancing mental health with anxiety and depression
  • causing actual physical health problems after the premenstrual period
  • has links to other menstrual health disorders
  • generally makes you feel like you do not control your own mind and body!

So if you want to know more, what is PMDD besides this long title of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Basically PMDD is a disorder linked to your menstrual cycle that causes many mental and physical symptoms that cause absolute misery. PMDD has only been classified as an actual disorder by the American Psychiatric Association a few years ago in fact so it is still a topic that causes some confusion and disbelief amongst even medical professionals. IF you suffer from the condition you know full well that it is not just a bad case of PMS and it is much worse.

The reason for this is that the hormones in your body during the last week, or sometimes two weeks of the menstrual cycle are not in balance in your body. A combination of factors cause hormonal imbalance that in turn have a knock on effect to the mood regulators in your brain as well as other more physical systems in your body. Misfiring mood regulators cause this seesawing of psychotic episodes, deep depressions and general massively changeable emotions that you cannot control because it not IN your control at the time.

So to put it simply, PMDD is a disorder that stems from hormonal imbalance during the last several days of the menstrual cycle that causes mental and physical symptoms that lead to serious problems in your life.