March 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm #195919
Hey there everyone,
I have been diagnosed with PMDD otherwise known to a lot of people as severe PMS. PMDD is a condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I already suffer from depression so having PMDD just makes it 10x worse, i never really knew about this until i looked it up and it all made sense. I always feel very down right after Ovulation and i get symptoms such as; Cravings, abdominal bloating, mood swings, depression and fatigue. My family always made fun of me saying i only have 1 weeks of being normal after my period and honestly all jokes aside it is very true. The route to subside the moods and the depression is to go on Anti depressants which i refuse to do, i didn’t go on them when i was diagnosed with severe depression.
I do not have anything against Anti- depressants or the people whom take them but its just not the route i want to take, id rather take a natural approach to it. I have heard that Evening Primrose Oil will help with the emotions and of course other benefits that it gives. Does anyone else know what i could do, or shed some more light on this subject?
BlessingsMarch 5, 2018 at 3:10 am #195941anitaParticipant
Good to read from you again. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, I read in Wikipedia, is a new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders diagnosis, added in 2013 (DMS-5). It reads that a hormonal imbalance was not detected in women experiencing these symptoms. Therefore, a hormonal treatment is not offered for the disorder. What is offered is antidepressants, SSRI mostly, but not for daily intake. Instead only for the (in your case) two weeks before menstruation, correct?
It also reads that environmental stress can be a large contributor to what triggers PMDD. Which brings me to the question: do you experience the symptoms every single month and for about the same number of days each month? Or do you have a month here and there when you experience no symptoms or greatly reduced symptoms?
anitaMarch 6, 2018 at 6:50 am #196057
Hey there Anita,
Good to hear from you again 🙂 I’ve been logging my symptoms and it seems to happen to me every month, I cannot say that im down for the whole 2 weeks, it could be one day i feel awful and then the next 3 days ill feel awful again agter feeling somewhat normal.
BlessingsMarch 6, 2018 at 7:24 am #196073anitaParticipant
It will probably be a good idea for you to keep some kind of journal daily to record your symptoms and the environmental stresses of the day, and then reading back, after a month or two, see the connection between the two, if there is one.
anitaMarch 20, 2018 at 8:29 am #198349
I started to take Evening Primrose oil and WOW, it really helped me, i saw my period on sunday and i only had minor cramping and hardly any mood swings, but i did however have my usual cravings for crisps and chocolate lol