More depressed than normal during menstruation: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual Syndrome, in addition to physical symptoms, also brings with it psychological symptoms. Depression and irritability are the most characteristic. When this problem worsens we are facing what is called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

The symptoms are the same as those of Premenstrual Syndrome, only much more intense, coming to prevent a normal daily life, especially in the social area.

Women with this disease could have a difference in the brain compared to other women, which would make them more sensitive to hormonal changes. Scientists are still studying this fact that the increase in estrogen and progesterone affects the possibility of suffering from depression.

To be able to say that a woman suffers from this disorder, she must present at least five of the following symptoms in her menstrual cycles:

  • Some kind of suicidal thinking
  • Feeling of sadness and despair
  • Uncontrollable crying for no apparent reason
  • Anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Anger and attacks towards other people
  • bulimia attacks
  • Lack of appetite in daily obligations
  • sudden mood swings

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder affects about 4% of women of reproductive age. The symptoms begin about 10 days before the arrival of menstruation and decrease once the period arrives.

If you think you may suffer from this disorder or see any of the above symptoms reflected in someone you know, it is important to see a doctor so that he can give us the necessary guidelines to try to ensure that this syndrome does not excessively affect our daily lives.

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