If you are suffering from severe lows in the week or so before your period that border on, or fully put you into depression, you need some PMDD help before this starts to destroy your mental health, your work, and your relationships.

Depression is one of the worst symptoms of PMDD or even PMS when bad enough. It saps your strength, it leave you listless and unmotivated, it can cause fits of crying and sobbing, and the worst thing for some is that it seems to be a never-ending downward spiral – even though they know it will come to an end when the period starts. The sheer fact it comes back again and again each month is terrifying enough to make even the good weeks soured because of the knowledge of the future pain and problems.

PMDD Help for Determination of Depression as a Symptom

The first thing to determine, before we get only more practical tips, is if your depression is JUST caused by PMDD. Once of the frustrating things about PMDD is that there are so many symptoms, that sometimes these get mixed up with symptoms of other problems you might also have in the background. Sometimes PMDD is just the tipping point of other underlying problems – while other times you might be perfectly healthy until the dreaded end of the cycle.

The easiest way to make sure you are on the right track is to be very careful when determining the PMDD symptoms and when they start and stop. The symptoms of PMDD should start to show in the last week of the menstrual cycle, but can start showing in the second last as well for some women. The symptoms typically get progressively worse until you begin to bleed. Once this happens the symptoms tend to go away very fast.

If you feel your depression fits in this window ONLY then this is most likely to be caused by the hormonal fluctuations of PMDD. If you are becoming depressed in the same manner but after your start bleeding or in the 3 weeks after that – then this might not be PMDD, but full blown depression that is made even worse by PMS or PMDD.

If this is the case, you might need more appropriate help to cure depression first and then see if this make an impact on your life, and even your PMDD!

So what PMDD Help To Stop Depression Is There?

OK, so assuming your depression is definitely linked to your menstrual cycle there are a number of things that you can do to help alleviate this one problem. In fact, many of the same things you do to help reduce depression will also help with other symptoms such as anxiety, aggression, or any other mood problems this conditions brings.


What we eat may be more important than many think. We all hear the new reports about eating healthy but what does that really mean? So many conflicting viewpoints, studies, and ‘experts’ telling us this and that. Overall, most of it is good advice, but what make the biggest difference for depression and PMDD? Here are a few targeted diet tips:

  • Avoid Sugary Foods – Sugar is a PMDD sufferers worst enemy. Many people with this condition have problems such as hypoglycaemia or insulin resistance. These are all caused by high and low blood sugar levels. Sugary foods upset our natural balance and send out bodies into peaks and troughs of glucose levels in the blood stream. When we are low on blood sugar depression is very common in those susceptible to it.
  • Avoid Packaged and Refined Foods – These types of foods are much like sugar. They have been refined so much that many of the nutrients have been stripped away. They more easily turn into glucose (energy) in the body leading to the problems shown above. Each fresh foods as much as possible to level out your blood sugar levels.
  • Eat Low GI Foods – A low GI food is one that breaks down into energy in a steady manner over time which allows the body to use that energy efficiently. High GI foods are like the ones above which spike your blood sugar. Low GI food list.


Again, it seems obvious that exercise is good for us – but when depressed exercise seems like the furthest thing from our minds. How and when we exercise however make a huge difference to our mental health and physical health. Here are some ways you can move your body to benefit your moods and mind!

  • Consistency – One of the big problems women with PMDD have with exercise is a lack of consistency. I also had this problem. Every intention of being a regular exerciser fell away when PMDD hit, and then I would overcompensate on the other side. The sporadic nature meant I never really achieved anything until I started making sure to plan in regular exercise sessions. I actually did less work, but the benefits were much greater. This also means when you become depressed you are used to still getting up and going for a run or going to the gym. It becomes a habit that is harder to break.
  • Intensity – This can be hard for women who might have other conditions or injuries, but the more intense your workouts are the more you release mood stabilising hormones and chemicals in your brain. A good workout can have you on a small high immediately after, but the long term effects can help normalise your mood for days to come as well.
  • Strength Training – One thing that many women neglect is strength training. It is very easy to go and hit a treadmill or jog around the block. These are good things and are what is known as cardio workouts. It helps your heart and lungs and general health and fitness. Strength training however works the muscles and makes you stronger. It also aids in having a more intense workout which will flood your body with endorphins (a feel good hormone) that will help alleviate depression.

Herbal Treatments

Medication for PMDD and depression is a band aid patch that does not actually help in the long term. Medication works fast and relieves symptoms but does not cure the underlying issues. You can also become addicted to drugs and require them just to feel normal. With intermittent depression with PMDD this puts you on a rollercoaster ride at all stages of he month. As an alternative herbal remedies for depression and PMDD are a much safer and more long term option to normalising moods and curing this problem.

There are a number of excellent herbal solutions for PMDD, but one excellent one for depression in particular is St Johns Wort. This herb has shown in some studies to be just as powerful as medicinal anti-depressants but without the side effects of a drug.

You can buy this from many places online and locally as it is quite common. It is best to start taking this after your period starts to begin with though as it can take a few weeks to provide the most benefit so when PMDD comes again you will be prepared (do NOT mix with anti-depressant medication though!)


Support is something that is not talked about enough. Some women are lucky to have very supportive families and friends while others might not. Some do not know how to get support either and simply hope it comes without working on it. Having the support when you need it is a piece of the puzzle that can often help you through even the roughest times with great PMDD help from your closest people.

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