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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder-F.A.Q

What is PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD is a medical condition it may cause severe emotional and physical symptoms. Many women have expressed how profoundly PMDD effects their lifes, jobs, marriage and other relationships.  Some women feel they have no control over their own emotions such as anger, rage, abrupt mood swings, depression, sadness, crying spells and going from one extreme to another in a short period of time and they have said to us, "Am i crazy?"

Symptoms usually appear during the week or so before menstruation and disapear within a few days after menstrual onset. The difference between PMS and PMDD is by the level of which these symptoms disrupt daily living.  This diminished level of functioning generally in great contrast with the same woman's interactions and abilities at other times during the month. 

What is the difference between PMS and PMDD

The physical symptom list is identical for PMS and PMDD; while emotional symptoms are similar, they are significantly more serious with PMDD.  In PMDD, the criteria focus is on the mood rather than physical symptoms.  With PMS, sadness or mild depression is not uncommon.  With PMDD, however, significant depression and hopelessness may occur; in extreme cases, women may feel like killing themelves or others.  Attributing suicidal or homicidal feelings to "it's just PMS" is inappropriate; these feelings must be taken seriously as they are in anyone else and should be promptly brought to the attention of mental health professionals.

Women who have a history of depression are at increased risk for PMDD.  The difference between PMS and PMDD can be likened to the difference between a mild headache and a migraine.

What causes PMDD

Although the exact cause of PMDD is not known, several theories have been proposed. One theory states that women who experience PMDD may have abnormal reactions to normal hormone changes that occur with each menstrual cycle. This may include the fluctuation of estrogen and progesterone levels that normally occur with menstruation.  This is why we have found that Natural Progesterone cream reduces PMDD symptoms.

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How can I tell the difference between PMDD and other medical conditions which mimic the symptoms of PMDD?

 I am a man, and I think my wife suffers from PMDD. What can I do to help her?


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