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  • Feelings of hopelessness – Much like depression, but sometimes coming out as less withdrawn and instead a giving up on things you might usually be passionate about.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.

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