Hers: Defining Mental Health Series; PMS & PMDD
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Caption: For some, mood swings are more than just “that time of the month.” Scroll through to learn more about PMS and PMDD.
Short for premenstrual syndrome, PMS is defined as the presence of physical and behavioral symptoms before the start of the menstrual cycle.
Common mental symptoms:
- Depressed mood
Common physical symptoms
- Breast pain
PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is more severe than PMS, with debilitating symptoms each month.
If you find yourself feeling depressed, anxious, and/or irritable every month before your period, you may have PMS.
If you find yourself unable to function because of these symptoms, you might have PMDD.
- Vitamins and herbs
- Birth control
If you think you have PMDD, talk to your healthcare provider to discuss options for treatment.