PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

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PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

(Please note I am not a doctor and a lot of what I am writing can be found on mind)

Something I have learnt about fairly recently is an illness called PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). It was something I discovered when I was researching severe PMT (Premenstrual Tension) as I had been having some issues with my mental health, yet when my period arrived they all seemed to lift. So I did some research and this is what I have found out.

What is PMDD?

It is basically severe PMT/PMS and usually occurs in the one/ two weeks before a lady’s cycle begins. It is sometimes referred to as ‘severe PMT’. Those who suffer with PMDD can really struggle with work and relationships, and can have difficulty socialising. In some cases it can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Symptoms of PMDD

There are many symptoms of PMDD, some are emotional symptoms and others are more physical.

These include:

  • mood swings
  • feeling upset or tearful
  • feeling angry or irritable
  • feelings of anxiety
  • feelings of tension or being on edge
  • difficulty concentrating
  • lack of energy
  • less interest in activities you normally enjoy
  • suicidal feelings
  • breast tenderness or swelling
  • pain in your muscles and joints
  • headaches
  • feeling bloated
  • changes in your appetite such as overeating or having specific food cravings
  • problems sleeping
  • finding it hard to avoid or resolve conflicts with people around you
  • becoming very upset if you feel that others are rejecting you.

These symptoms will usually follow your menstrual cycle and tend to appear some point after ovulation and then will ease once your period starts. Some of the symptoms of PMDD will continue through your period but most will have stopped by the time your bleeding has stopped.

Causes of PMDD

So there is little information on the causes of PMDD. It is believed that is could be caused by a heightened sensitivity to hormone levels in the body. Another cause could be genetics. Neither of these have been proven as yet.


There is no formal way of getting a diagnosis for PMDD and most health care practitioners that are aware and acknowledge PMDD will suggest keeping records. There is no blood test that will confirm PMDD.

Treatments for PMDD

There are many different ways to treat PMDD as far as I can work out. It turns out everyone is different (who knew) and so what will work for one person might not work for others.

Things that can be tried include anti-depressants, herbal remedies and different pills.


If you think you might be affected by PMDD then here are some links and resources you might find helpful.


Facebook Group

Real story

This is what I have found out, if you have any further information or advice please feel free to get in touch or comment below.

2 thoughts on “PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)

  1. Thank you for posting this! I was worried I might have PMDD at the beginning of the year after coming off the pill and it was really awful. So it’s good to see a blog post about it because there’s so few resources out there that cover it.

    1. Thanks, it’s something that I am exploring at the moment. I am not sure if I have it or if I am perimenopausal. So I am going to write about my journey so far and it might or might not be useful for others to read. How are you now Grainne?

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