Patient Comments: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Symptoms


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Comment from: KinnieK, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I saw a program on TV last night about PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and nearly wept, today I am reading about me. This condition affected our family life so badly that once a month for about 5 days my family were very wary of me. My husband would caution my 3 boys about mum's pending rage and to just be quiet and helpful around the house. All the symptoms apply to me, my general physician said it is just PMS, and like another comment when I went gluten free it helped. The greatest relief was vitamin B, stress relief and evening primrose oil.

Comment from: Badger , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

My symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) are bloating (I would gain 5 to 6 lb. of fluid overnight), depression, feelings of hopelessness, anger, deliberately destructive behavior, particularly in personal relationships, overanalyzing, fixating and inability to make reasoned argument or decisions, hypersensitivity particularly to noise, irritability, breast tenderness/stinging, pain so bad it made me cry, lower back pain, nausea, occasionally leading to vomiting, difficulty controlling body temperature, sleeplessness, and night sweats.

Comment from: V, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I’m so tired of getting so upset with PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). The bloating, pain, swelling, anger (let’s be real, it’s rage), depression, anxiety, fear, headaches, plus more... it’s just too much. Men think it’s hard to deal with the person going through it! I don’t want anyone seeing me like this, including my boyfriend. I am the most patient person in the world and every month I just want a hysterectomy or worse. I feel like a prisoner in my own body.

Comment from: boyfriend of pmdd, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 21

I read very little about the effect PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) has on marital/spousal relations. Every month for 12 to 15 days my girl is out of control with anger, claims of cheating, not caring, and fights from a year ago come back. I get called every name in the book. I can't talk about it when it is happening and when it is over the good times roll so you don’t want to ruin a good thing so it never gets solved, especially if she doesn't believe she has a problem. Please add more insight for males who suffer the rage of so going through it.

Comment from: Angela, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 05

I believe PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) is what my 16 year old daughter has. She didn't start menstruating until she was 14 and her symptoms started shortly before that. She becomes severely depressed, has severe anxiety and panic attacks so bad she really feels like she is going to die, and she started experiencing weird sensations in her brain which she describes as not being real. She can hear every little sound around her so amplified it hurts her entire body, and she becomes so mean and verbally hurtful.

Comment from: Gina , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have been suffering from PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) for several years now, the only reason that it hasn’t gotten worse is because I am on medication, low dosage of fluoxetine and I have a very active lifestyle. I’m contemplating the idea of eating less to zero processed food to help me with the inflammation. I wish it will go away. It is very debilitating and I become almost a survivor during those days. And the thing about it is that my life has to continue as normal, even though I feel awful.

Comment from: MacSpoot76, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

When I have¬†premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), I am at least 80 percent serial killer! I fly into a rage at the slightest thing and care not a jot what I say or who I say it to. I feel upset and angry and hard done to. I even have suicidal thoughts. Once the PMDD passes, I am back to feeling positive and content with my lot. I don’t know what I can do to prevent these extreme mood swings.

Comment from: diane, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 01

I have been diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). I feel great usually the third day of my period. That usually lasts for about 10 to 12 days. I then get so depressed I don't want to be here anymore. I already suffered from depression and have been on many antidepressants. At first I would have two good weeks and then I would feel like I would lose something and gradually climb down to a deep depression for a couple of days and then slowly climb back up and get my period and feel great. I have tried so many antidepressants and still feel deeply depressed for about 16 days each month. Life is very bleak right now. I am trying oral contraceptives but am having severe stomach cramps, headaches, sinus burning and indigestion. I am trying a new oral contraceptive but am not feeling much better. I am not sure how much longer I can live this life; if you can even call it living. I wish my doctors had the answer. No fun.


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Comment from: KAYLEE, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I started noticing the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) 1.5 years after the birth of my twins. I had intense mood swings, rage, frustration, swelling, bloating back to a pregnant state, migraines, depression, sadness, intense fatigue, I would burn food, disorientation, dizziness, impatience, outbursts, low energy, and low sex drive. Since second month I am taking natural bio-identical progesterone which helps symptoms. I was so grateful when I discovered it was PMDD, thought I was going dilly, people were saying it was in my head. When I started to calendar my symptoms it was a huge help to see exactly what was going on. Ovulation is also a tough time where the symptoms return. Supplementing and monitoring vitamin D levels also make a difference.

Comment from: Ollie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I was diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) a year ago. But I knew something was wrong since my teen years. I get this uncontrollable anger, migraines, and feeling of hopelessness. Some months are ok and others are a struggle. First few days of my period are terrible, I just want to be alone. By the third day I'm fine. My boyfriend doesn't know how to deal with it, and I am not good with taking fluoxetine every day.

Comment from: Stacy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I have shown symptoms of PMDD since my teen years but in retrospect they were nonexistent whenever I was using birth control pills. Now being over 35 and a smoker I’m unable to use the pill and the symptoms have been with me for years and growing steadily worse. I started taking an antidepressant 2 months ago which has helped and just a few days ago I had the IUD Mirena inserted. Since PMDD seems to be a condition which is related to the balance between hormones and brain chemicals, my doctor and I are hopeful that controlling the balance with both the progesterone and antidepressant will help treat my symptoms. My worst symptoms are crying jags with rapid mood swings into unjustifiable anger or rage, anxiety, depression, lethargy and confusion. My work relationships with coworkers has been severely affected by my PMDD.

Comment from: Ann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I find citalopram works for me and I have been on it daily for the last 6 years. Sometimes I think I would like to try stopping it but my husband is too scared of the consequences. My husband took me to the doctors shortly after we were married for help. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is so much worse than general premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and I can identify with all others on this site who have reported anger, rage, social isolation, suicidal urges and out of control impulsive behavior. We realized I didn't have clinical depression because of the same pattern each month of me being perfectly happy, calm and my normal self as soon as my period started.

Comment from: Nic, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have different symptoms all month and have done since the age of 15 :/ I thought I was bi-polar because of the mood swings, but I do think it is more PMDD. I have not been diagnosed with either as I get palmed off and misdiagnosed with depression! Some symptoms ie mid cycle.. stabbing pains in ovary area (actually makes me stop and whince), headache, irritability, snapping, no patience, bitchy, hate people, uncontrollable crying and suddenly stopping, social withdrawal and suicidal thoughts coupled with extreme anger for no reason at all! I could bang my head on a wall! I am same just before the 'P' most months I have one week where I feel "ok" but its a living nightmare. Been on Prozac but doesn't relieve. Sometimes I am bed bound due to lack of energy and general fed up feelings, I cant say the words I want to say as someone will be offended!! trust me its bad! BUT when I finally have my "P" I feel great as soon as it arrives!! best day of the month!!!!!

Comment from: Anoynomous, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

This premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) condition is highly debilitating and isolating. I have a history already with ADHD, anxiety and depression (yes, I am a bit of a mess). Anyways I was given chasteberry tree extract and I swear this stuff is wonderful. I feel normal after I take it and it is natural so there is no drug messing with my brain chemistry. My heart goes out to all my sisters with this same thing. However as always with health care products, natural or otherwise, consult your doctor first.

Comment from: sufferinghusband, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

My wife has PMDD. She frequently resorts to physical abuse, destruction of property, and threats of suicide as a result of the condition.


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