Written By: Gabriela Pereira
So, you’ve been moody this month. Your breasts are tender, your tummy aches, and there’s an uncontrollable wish to eat chocolate haunting your every waking moment. You know what this means, since it’s all the typical signs of the monthly period, but something feels off. Your mood is worse than usual, getting out of bed gets harder as the days pass, and you can’t stop tearing up at all the commercials involving cute animals.
Being sad, stressed, angry before experiencing menstruation is common, but being incapacitated by these emotions is not. Many people that menstruate have become used to the ups and downs of hormones, so it’s hard to distinguish what’s normal from what is not.
However, if you think your symptoms are harder they should be, perhaps it's time to set an appointment with your doctor. You aren’t crazy, or dramatic and getting your health checked out by a professional is not overreacting. You could be experiencing PMDD, a severe form of PMS, and there’s no need to suffer in silence.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). The causes of PMS and PMDD have not been found, and people with it often have anxiety, severe depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The only way of getting an accurate diagnosis is going to the doctor, so if you have been feeling worse than you think you should be, for more than 3 months in a row, don’t worry, there’s a solution.
Besides, if you want to get ahead of it and try to manage the symptoms, exercise, small, frequent meals, calcium supplements, avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and sweets and stress management can be very helpful.