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My aim is to bring awareness about the negative effects that PMDD can cause.  So many woman are not even aware of this condition and it is time to address it.

What is PMDD?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which can cause many emotional and physical symptoms every month during the week or two before you start your period. It is sometimes referred to as ‘severe PMS’.

While many people who are able to have periods may experience some mild symptoms of PMS, if you have PMDD these symptoms are much worse and can have a serious impact on your life. Experiencing PMDD can make it difficult to work, socialise and have healthy relationships. In some cases, it can also lead to suicidal thoughts.

What are the symptoms of PMDD?

If you have PMDD, you might find that you experience some of symptoms listed below. But it’s different for different people, so you might also experience other kinds of feelings which aren’t listed here.

Emotional experiences:

  • Mood swings

  • Feeling upset or tearful

  • Feeling angry or irritable (and taking it out on the people close to you)

  • Feelings of anxiety

  • Feeling hopeless

  • Feelings of tension or being on edge

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Lack of energy

  • Less interest in activities you normally enjoy

  • Suicidal feelings.


Physical and behavioural experiences:

  • Breast tenderness or swelling

  • Pain in your muscles and joints

  • Headaches

  • Feeling bloated

  • Changes in your appetite such as overeating or having specific food cravings

  • Sleep problems

  • Finding it hard to avoid or resolve conflicts with people around you

  • Becoming very upset if you feel that others are rejecting you.

You will typically only experience these symptoms for a week or two before your period starts. The symptoms follow your menstrual cycle, so you might find they start to get better when you get your period and will usually have disappeared by the time your period is finished.

I call this cycle JACKAL and HYDE, as you become a totally different person the week before your period.  One of the first things that I ask my clients to do is to get a calendar or diary and make a note of the day your period comes and then start tracking your moods.  You will soon get a clear pattern of what is happening from month to month.

Life coaching can help you manage yourself and your moods the week before your period is due as you learn a coping strategy for your HELL WEEK.