Patient Comments: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Causes


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Comment from: Jean, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I read these comments about PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and I no longer feel alone. At least l know when it comes and can be easier on myself during these times, but basically, l am disabled for 7 days out of every month. Although l can track it, l still have no remedy to deal with it, aside from good diet and exercise helping about 50 percent, but staying on track is hard with all those symptoms to deal with. Good luck ladies. Try to be kind to yourselves and not feel too much guilt over it.

Comment from: Maria , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I was looking through to see if there was anyone that uses Mirena as their birth control and have moderate to severe PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). I’ve used Mirena before (10 years ago) and didn’t have these symptoms until after my second pregnancy, I’ve had this IUD (intrauterine device) for a little over a year. I thought I was just going crazy and “adulting” was getting to me in the worst way. I talked to another friend that have the same symptoms after getting Mirena IUD and we were just like, “goodness, do you think it’s the IUD!”

Comment from: Hubblebubble, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

My PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) was caused by unmanaged PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after the traumatic birth of my second child. I'd scream at the kids then find myself rocking in the kitchen. Life was hard for everyone in this house. Luckily for my husband, he worked nights, but he still got some of it. I was diagnosed and put on SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) medicines. I weaned off after 18 months and then had our 3rd child. The birth this time was brilliant. I'm hoping that I've managed to reset something. Currently I'm breastfeeding, so no periods yet.

Comment from: HolisticLady, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

My PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) started when I got a tubal ligation (my tubes tied) when I was 38 years old. They started with the next month’s cycle and got progressively worse until I showed all the signs of PMDD. I will be 40 years old and am finally being diagnosed.

Comment from: Ania, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I have every symptom of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). I have battled with myself and this all my life. I thought it was me, my fault, me being a horrible, vile, bipolar person. Doctors to quickly give us anti-depressants, I absolutely have so little respect for doctors. I've tried all my life to help myself through diet and exercise, read all the self-help books on how to be a better person. It has taken me this long to figure out it is PMDD. I am angry and upset that my whole life has been dictated by this. I have left jobs, relationships, had arguments with family, if I had charted it all my life all of the above would have been in my last two weeks of my cycle. As soon as my period or the second half is over, I am like a different person, I look different, and the dark cloud ascends. It is the most debilitating condition. I have absolutely no control over my thoughts, miserable thoughts, and angry, pessimistic, and suicidal thoughts. I am now 48 and peri menopausal/menopausal and I don’t know if it will get better or worse. I am now on day 20, I have about 10 days more of this hideous condition, this month the negative thoughts/feelings/symptoms started on the 12th, so now I have approximately 8 to 10 days of being ok.

Comment from: Kit_Kat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

My symptoms started after a tubal ligation 9 years ago. PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is still not officially diagnosed. I was taking Zoloft for a while but the cons outweighed the pros. Using cannabis now the week before my period. It works but then I basically have to just sit at the house and do nothing.

Comment from: Annie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I am 33, married and have a 2 year old. I finally spoke to my doctor about my severe mood changes during what I thought was PMS premenstrual syndrome). She prescribed fluoxetine. Once I started researching the drug and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), it was like someone put what I was feeling on paper. Almost every symptom was present and I was lashing out at my husband and daughter, followed by periods of deep guilt. I am normally overly laid back and very outgoing and upbeat, so the severe switch takes my life by storm. Mental illness does run in my family along with Crohn"s disease (I also have this) and I have very, very low blood pressure, even while I was pregnant. This is a new diagnosis for me and scary, but now I know and can help my family understand and take action against it.

Comment from: ngreen74, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I have had this PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) for years, now it is getting worse. I really feel awful, I wish someone would find a cure for this disease.

Comment from: Sue, Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I have been living my life without knowing this PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) exists. I usually feel horrible a week before my period starts. Usually I get in fights with my husband, my son’s behavior irritates me, everything is dark, and I tend to get very depressed. I also get very scared, but I spoke to my primary doctor and explain to her what happens to me every month, and she prescribed me sertraline hydrochloride. I hope I feel better, because it is horrible to live like this every month.


Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. See Answer
Comment from: nesreen, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

PMDD happened to me just after marriage. I have food craving, palpitation, low blood pressure all the time except for the menstruation period. Life is so difficult to me.


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