PMDD

Do you ever find yourself feeling more anxious, depressed, or hopeless following ovulation?

Many women don’t know that there is a severe form of PMS that can alter a women’s personality for the better part of the month. Women find themselves in conflict with others, they lose interest in activities they usually find enjoyable, and they behave in ways that are out of character. These behaviors can be detrimental to relationships which can sometimes be unrepaired.

PMDD is a physical and psychological disorder that effects 3-8 percent of the female population. Women describe the symptoms as debilitating emotions that interfere with daily functioning, work, and close relationships, while men describe their relationship with these women as living with “Jekyll and Hyde”.

Women with PMDD cycle through feelings of hopelessness, sadness, irritability, fluctuating moods, increase in interpersonal conflicts, extreme fatigue, and even suicidal thoughts. Clients describe the luteal phase (post ovulation) of their menstrual cycle as “life altering”, they become impulsive, angry, negative, and either find themselves creating conflict with loved ones, or withdrawing completely from social events and activities they usually enjoy.

PMDD can alter women’s cognitions, and create turmoil in their relationships. Women explain that they fall in and out of love with their partner each and every month, the negative thoughts and emotions cause these women to end their relationship monthly, only to find themselves pleading forgiveness once the luteal phase is over. The scary part is, when women are in this state of mind, they believe that the feelings are true, they cannot recognize that hormonal fluctuations are causing the negative thoughts.

Through cognitive behavioral intervention, proper nutrition, vitamin supplements, and exercise, symptoms of PMDD can be reduced and even eliminated. If you can relate to the above symptoms, if you feel like your emotions are out of control sometimes, and you find yourself in conflict with loved ones during the week before your period, there is hope. I can help you regain control of your life. If you have any further questions, or wonder if you might have PMDD, call the office to book your free consultation.