I like to refer to this disorder as PMS on steroids! 1 in 20 women suffer from this disorder and sadly, they can go a lifetime without knowing what is causing the fluctuations in their mood and thought patterns. Women who suffer from this disorder struggle with the following symptoms post ovulation each and every month.
- Mood fluctuations
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Conflict in close relationships
- Sleep disturbances
Women describe the luteal phase of their menstrual cycle as life altering. They lose interest in usual activities they enjoy, they find themselves withdrawing from friends and family, and feelings of hopelessness creep in as they lie in bed feeling depressed and overwhelmed with their life. Often this leads to suicidal ideation or life altering decisions.
Women have shared stories about falling in and out of love with their partner each month, and fluctuations in their mood cause them to lash out at their loved ones (even their children). This leaves them feeling guilty and remorseful of the behaviours they cannot undo.
If you can relate to any of these symptoms, you may be one of the 5% of women who struggle with PMDD. Through cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness & psychoeducation, you can regain control of your life and your relationships.
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