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PMDD Midwest is a Mind & Moon Therapy Co. project aimed at spreading awareness about menstrual related mood disorders, like Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

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As a mental health therapist who also suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, I feel that I am in a unique position to help others with the same struggles.  Visit PMDDmidwest to learn more about PMDD, find helpful resources, and read the stories of women who are battling this oftentimes debilitating condition.

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 luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and lasting until the onset of menstrual flow.  It affects an estimated 2-10% of women of reproductive age, worldwide.  PMDD is not a hormone imbalance, but rather a severe negative reaction to the rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone.  Symptoms of PMDD occur for 1 – 2 weeks before menstruation and go away after bleeding begins (typically a few days into menstruation). 


Symptoms of PMDD include:

 

  • Marked depressed mood

  • Mood swings

  • Frequent crying or tearfulness

  • Feelings of anxiety, tension, or being “on edge”

  • Feelings of sadness, despair, or hopelessness 

  • Lasting irritability or anger

  • Lack of interest in daily activities

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Fatigue

  • Food cravings or binge eating

  • Insomnia or Hypersomnia (sleeping too little, or too much)

  • Feeling out of control

  • Physical symptoms, such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain - feeling “flu-like”

  • Increased interpersonal conflicts

  • Self-deprecating thoughts

  • Thoughts of suicide

Although there are many treatment options available, there is no known cure.  Therapy is an important addition to any treatment plan.  Therapy can help sufferers to manage their disruptive and often debilitating symptoms, as well as ease the stress of living with PMDD.


If you are experiencing 5 or more of the above symptoms 1 – 2 weeks prior to the onset of your period, and those symptoms remit within a few days of bleeding - you may have PMDD.  Please reach out.  You are not alone, and relief is possible.