What Is PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)


If you find yourself with some extreme cases of PMS or PMT as it is also known then you might actually have another disorder called PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). You might already know this or suspect it, but do you know what it really is? Is it just some new disorder created by the pharmaceutical companies to push more of their drugs? Or is it a real condition that needs serious attention?

My view is that it IS a serious issue for women who suffer from this condition whether some people believe it or not! If you have PMDD, or even very intense PMS/PMT then you really do need to know more about it because there are quite a few problems this condition creates in your life such as:

  • Causing damage to your relationships with friends and family
  • Destroying mental health with depression and anxiety
  • Bringing about physical pain and lethargy
  • May also be linked to other menstrual disorder
  • And of course, making you feel like you are not in control anymore!

So if you want to know more, what is PMDD besides this long title of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Well, at its core, PMDD is an endocrine (hormonal) disorder that leads to many symptoms of a psychological and physical nature. Interestingly PMDD has only been properly classified as a separate condition form PMS for a few years at the time of writing this. Even with the American Psychiatric Association listing it as a disorder there is still some confusion and often disbelief from medical professionals and the general public making this a difficult problem to face and even harder to overcome at time. Some women never mange to beat it because they are told constantly that it is just a bad case of PMS and they should just ‘get over it’ – which is insulting and shameful.

PMDD is like a much worse PMS and is caused by the changes in hormones of your body in the last week or two of the menstrual cycle. Your hormones become unbalanced which leads to knock on effects in your body that are still being studied. What is known is that this hormonal imbalance causes the mood regulators in the brain to not work properly which leads to the mental instability, irrational anger, depression and other psychological issues.

PMDD in short, is a disorder that you do not want to experience, and requires you to rebalance the hormones in your body to become stable and healthy again.