The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS, but they are generally more severe and debilitating. Symptoms occur during the last week of most menstrual cycles and usually improve within a few days after the period starts. According to the research criteria in the DSM-IV, a woman may have PMDD if she has five or more of the following symptoms during the week before menstruating for most of her menstrual cycles in the last year.
The symptoms of PMDD are as follows:
* Hypersomnia or insomnia
* Feeling nervous, anxious, and irritable
* marked depressed mood, and mood lability (crying spells for no reason)
* Feeling of sadness or hopelessness, possible suicidal thoughts
* Trouble concentrating
* Panic Attacks
* Decreased interest in usual activities
* Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings
* lack of energy
Physical symptoms of PMMD are as follows:
* breast tenderness,
* weight gain,
* headaches, and
* joint or muscle pain
These symptoms can affect your relationships and work ability. If you have some of these symptoms 10 to 14 days before your period and they improve when your period starts, you might have PMDD.
I'm glad I have an answer now. I just wish I would have found it sooner. I'm a pretty happy go lucky person in general, except during these times and that's what hurt me the most. Not knowing why I was so sad, confused and irritated. This can be triggered to a new lifestyle. YOU GET WHAT I'M SAYIN, LADIES? If you got habits and feel this way, break em. Your health and sanity is far more worth it in the end. On that note... wish me luck.