Archive for February, 2011

natural remedies for PMDDIf you have PMDD you might have been taking some drugs to stopt he symptoms, or you might have at least been offered them by the doctor. However, as many women are starting to realise, medication and one shot solutions are not long term solutions with lasting impacts. They are instead band aid solutions to mask symptoms; they do not tackle the root causes of PMDD and the hormonal imbalance in your body. Natural remedies for PMDD might instead be something you are looking into to stop that last week or two of your menstrual cycle from becoming the time of despair, anger, pain, and loathing that it usually is.

But what is a natural remedy for PMDD? What do they entail? Is it just a big sham, or are they the holistic natural cure that you need?

Well I can say from first hand experience that natural remedies are NOT a scam, they are not a placebo, and they work, and work well. However, they are not what a lot of people believe them to be. Some have images of eating strange plants and putting faith in some for of mysticism which is total baloney! A natural remedy for any condition like PMDD is actually a whole set of lifestyle changes that you need to do to bring your body back into hormonal balance.

For instance, in my PMDD Treatment Miracle e-book I promote many different ways that all tie together, and influence each other to form a holistic healing approach. Just a few of these methods are:

  • Dietary changes
  • Stress Relief (more important than you might think!)
  • Herbal and vitamin supplements (yes, they are there but they are not the only thing)
  • Changes to Sleeping patterns
  • Exercises regimes
  • And more

This is not just making herbal teas. Those things help but nothing worth doing is ever achieved by doing something very simple – it is something that should change your whole attitude towards your health and implement what natural resources you can get at the same time.

For more information on exactly how to apply these things click the link below to look into my e-book on the matter.

The PMDD Treatment Miracle

PMDD and Bipolar Disorder

PMDD and bipolar disorderAnother woman contacted me asking if there was a link between PMDD and bipolar disorder which I thought I would answer here. This is one of the things that makes PMDD such a difficult subject. Some people do not believe you have any problem just thinking it is some excuse to be bitchy like PMS and put you down as if it was a minor thing when you felt like killing yourself … The other issue is that serious mental illness can compound the issue, or divert from the issue.

The thing is that bipolar disorder is a serious problem that has many similarities between it and PMDD. The wild mood swings for instance, the deep depressions, the sometimes cyclical nature of the whole process.

There are however a number of differenced between the conditions such as with PMDD you do not suffer any ‘mania’ or extreme highs. After the onset of bleeding you will stop the downward symptoms of PMDD and normalise while bipolar sufferers can become so manic it wears them out and causes a serious mood crash.

There is no link between PMDD and bipolar that I know of, but what this does bring up is that someone with PMDD can also have other disorders as well which is very dangerous as you might only become diagnosed or one or the other.

The easiest way to determine these things is to track your symptoms at times outside of the last week or two of the menstrual cycle. If you are suffering from some sort of mental or physical symptoms then – it may be from an unrelated condition. You might just have that or you might have bipolar, or depression, or a thousands other problems AS WELL as PMDD.

Be careful in self diagnosis, talk to your doctor, but we aware yourself of what all symptoms are and when they occur to be better informed!

PMDD & PCOS – Is There a Link?

pcos and pmddSomeone emailed me asking if there was any links between PMDD and another disorder called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). I do not have an exact answer to this as I cannot find any scientific proof of a link but I did find a number of people online that had both conditions at the same time making this seem at least plausible.

Since PCOS is also a disorder that has a lot to do with hormonal imbalances I would suspect that some women will be susceptible to having both PCOS and PMDD while their bodies are not balanced correctly.

PCOS seems to stem from a deficiency with the hormone insulin which must be produced in much greater amounts to use glucose in the blood stream properly. This produces more androgens in a women’s body as well as clogging the hormone pathways leading to dysfunction in the ovaries and many other symptoms as well.

I would say that any women who is having serious hormonal problems is at risk of a great number of conditions including PMDD and PCOS however I have no conclusive proof. In any case, the only cure for PCOS or PMDD is to normalise those hormones using a natural and holistic set of changes in your life rather than flinging drugs at the problem.

PMS vs. PMDD – The Difference Between PMS and PMDD

pms vs pmddMany people wonder at what the difference between PMS and PMDD really is as the conditions are both quite misunderstood. PMS Vs PMDD can be described quite simply in some ways but this can leave you feeling a little short changed. So first of all let’s look at the simple version followed by the longer more in depth version.

So, simply put, PMDD is basically PMS but MUCH more severe in regards to its symptoms and effects on your life.

Now many women will of course have various degrees of severity of PMS so there must be a line drawn in the sand to what a full disorder is and is not. This is what a few years ago the American Psychiatric Association classified PMDD as a proper disorder in its view and set down a few guidelines on what constitutes PMDD over PMS. The following illustrates this:

At least five of these symptoms must be present during the last week of the menstrual cycle, they must start to ease within a few days of menses onset, and they must be absent in the first week after menstruation.  At least one of the five symptoms must be one of the first four criteria on the list.

  • Markedly depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, or self-deprecating thoughts
  • Marked anxiety, tension, feelings of being “keyed up” or “on edge”
  • Marked affective lability (e.g., feeling suddenly sad or tearful or increased sensitivity to rejection)
  • Persistent and marked anger or irritability or increased interpersonal conflicts
  • Decreased interest in usual activities (e.g., work, school, friends, hobbies)
  • Subjective sense of difficulty in concentrating
  • Lethargy, easy fatigability, or marked lack of energy
  • Marked change in appetite, overeating, or specific food cravings
  • Hypersomnia or insomnia
  • A subjective sense of being overwhelmed or out of control
  • Other physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness or swelling, headaches, joint or muscle pain, a sensation of bloating, or weight gain

In addition to having five of the symptoms listed above, a patient must also have these symptoms to the degree that they interfere with work, school, or social activities and relationships and they must not be symptoms of an underlying disorder.  These symptoms must occur for at least two consecutive menstrual cycles as well before a definitive diagnosis can be made.

Now while this is quite a strict set of criteria you might be wondering if you do not meet these standards but still have PMS to such a severe level it is close – do you have PMDD? Well really it does not matter, if you are being laid low because of problems in your menstrual cycle you need help no matter what classification you have.

In this case, the PMDD treatment miracle will help you with severe PMS or PMDD as they are the same thing. The difference is simply in that the medical community must draw a line somewhere just as they do with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and more.