Every woman has those bad PMS days — where you’re cranky, emotional, and angry for seemingly no reason. Plus, you feel uncomfortable physically and mentally. While most women learn to deal with these days, either by recognising it and doing small, relaxing things, there are some women who suffer extreme PMS.
This may be Premenstrual Dysmorphic Disorder (PMDD) — a serious condition, which may lead to serious mental health implications. Knowing more about it can save a life, so read on:
What is PMDD?
PMDD is an extreme form of PMS, where a women suffer debilitating symptoms, both physical and mental. These symptoms interfere with daily activities and render a woman incapable of functioning properly.
What are the symptoms?
- Mood swings
- Depression or feelings of hopelessness
- Suicidal thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Intense anger and conflict with other people
- Tension, anxiety, and irritability
- Decreased interest in usual activities
- Difficulty concentrating
- Change in appetite
- Feeling out of control
- Sleep problems
- Cramps and bloating
- Breast tenderness
- Joint or muscle pain
- Hot flashes
What are the causes?
Although experts have not been able to pinpoint the cause of PMDD, recent studies suggest that it may be due to being hypersensitive to the hormonal changes that take place before the menstrual cycle. There are some studies that also suggest it can be a genetic condition.
How can it be treated?
The important thing to remember here is, it cannot be self-treated. You need to visit a doctor to get the right kind of treatment, as symptoms vary from woman to woman. Seek professional help you’re facing even five of these symptoms before your period.