“What’s happening?? I just woke up feeling completely different than I did yesterday!?”
Having “PDD” – Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder - can feel like one moment enjoying a good movie, and then suddenly seeing the film just break up and melt right off the screen, leaving you feeling anxious, sick and alone in a dark theatre.
Symptoms of PDD are distinctly associated with your menstrual cycle and occur more often than not with each cycle. Do you experience the following - ?
Symptoms that start to occur within a week to 2 weeks before the start of menstruation, (which can also be seen as during or following your ovulation prior to the start of menses), and then improve or completely disappear within a few days after your period starts:
- Mood swings, suddenly sad or tearful, increased sensitivity to rejection
- Increased interpersonal conflicts and/or increased anger and irritability
- Self depreciation, depressed mood, hopeless feelings
- Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
- Physical symptoms of bloating, joint or muscle pain
- Lethargy, insomnia, or sleeping too much
- Difficulty concentrating
Treatment of PDD is most effective in coordination with your gynecologist. I will coordinate with your Doctor and help you take better care of yourself to manage and minimize your most distressing PDD symptoms.