Could you have premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

By Faeza
18 March 2016


Menstruation is not the happiest time of the month for women and it’s even worse when it’s accompanied by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder ...

What is premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which can accompany menstruation, may wreak havoc on a person’s personal, social and work life.

Sadly, while PMDD often responds to effective and professional treatment, many women with PMDD do not seek treatment, and up to 90% may go undiagnosed. So says Dr Eileen Thomas, a specialist psychiatrist atAkeso Clinic Milnerton.

“PMDD is a reproductive disorder whereby women experience transient physical and emotional changes around the time of their period, PMDD is associated with a level of impairment that is similar to major depressive disorder and poorer quality of life compared with community norms, therefore it should be considered a serious health condition. PMDD can have adverse consequences on a woman’s social functioning, relationships, work productivity and healthcare use,” Thomas points out.

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