Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (also known as Premenstrual Dysphoria, Late Luteal Phase Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder with symptoms arising during the premenstrual, or luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and lasting until the onset of menstrual flow. It affects an estimated 2-10% of people of reproductive age. While PMDD is directly connected to the menstrual cycle, it is not a hormone imbalance. PMDD is a severe negative reaction to the natural rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone. It is a suspected cellular disorder with symptoms often worsening over time and sometimes worsening around reproductive events such as menarche, pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, and perimenopause. Those with PMDD are at increased risk for suicidal behavior. Many, but not all, women with PMDD have a history of sexual trauma or depression. There is no blood or saliva test to diagnose PMDD although these tests can rule out other underlying disorders. The only way to diagnose PMDD is by tracking symptoms for at least two menstrual cycles. — https://iapmd.org/about-pmdd
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DISCLAIMER: I’m not a therapist or a medical professional – Just a regular person like you who is surviving with PMDD. These are my personal thoughts, opinions, and suggestions, so I encourage you to seek the additional support of a psychiatric or mental health professional while you work your way through PMDD, especially if you’ve survived past trauma. The videos and resources I share will occasionally cover potentially triggering topics, so please proceed with an open, protected heart as you sift through everything, and please pause when needed.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please contact https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or seek the help of your mental/health care provider.
Anna started My Monthly Monster as a way to share her story of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and help raise awareness and visibility. Anna is a mid 30’s mother to two. When she’s not suffering from PMDD, she’s writing or thrifting.