Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Although it is categorised as a depressive disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is most often described as an extension of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Depressed mood is a common feature of PMDD but the criteria for a depressive episode is not met since the experience doesn’t typically last for two weeks and there is a known cause.
Symptoms of PMDD other than depression include mood swings, anxiety, irritability, disordered sleep and a loss of usual interests. While this may sound a lot like regular PMS, a key difference is that the symptoms of PMDD are functionally impairing while PMS typically allows for the continuation of daily activities (work, eating, sleeping, etc.).
If you would like to speak to someone who can help you with PMDD, the aMindset Therapists are available to assist.
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