Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder

It’s common for women to experience physical, emotional and behavioral changes attributable to different phases of their menstrual cycles.  But for some women, these changes are severe and recurring.  These changes, called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), typically begin after ovulation and gradually worsen until the start of menstruation.

Symptoms of PMS:

     The most common symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety or tension
  • Irritability
  • Decreased interest or pleasure in activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low energy
  • Change in appetite
  • Overeating
  • Changes in sleep (either sleeping too much or too little)
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Bloating
  • Headache
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Breast tenderness