Many women experience distressing mood changes prior to their menstrual periods, a phenomenon that can significantly disrupt daily life and relationships. Current research suggests that women who experience PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) may have an abnormal sensitivity to a normal change in hormones, which can lead to a cascade of severe symptoms that markedly differentiate it from the more common premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

What is PMDD?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a severe health condition that significantly affects mood and physical well-being, typically in the week leading up to menstruation. It manifests as intense irritability, depression, or anxiety, along with physical symptoms like bloating and fatigue, going beyond the usual discomforts of premenstrual syndrome. Though primarily observed in women of reproductive age, it can also affect individuals assigned female at birth who may not identify as women. Early diagnosis and management can alleviate the adverse impacts of PMDD on daily life and relationships.

What are the symptoms of PMDD?

PMDD symptoms can be quite debilitating, affecting both emotional well-being and physical health, usually in the week leading up to menstruation. As someone experiencing PMDD, you might find yourself grappling with severe mood swings, irritability, and heightened anxiety.

Some common symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Extreme mood swings and heightened irritability
  • Severe depression and feelings of hopelessness
  • Pronounced anxiety and tension
  • Marked changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Persistent fatigue and lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
  • Physical symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, and headaches
  • A noticeable decrease in interest in usual activities
  • Conflicts in relationships due to mood fluctuations
  • A sense of losing control over your emotions

If these symptoms are significantly affecting your daily life, relationships, or performance at work or school, don’t hesitate to call My Best Self, LLC to schedule a consultation today.

How is PMDD treated?

At My Best Self, LLC, Dr. Bekker starts with a meticulous evaluation of your medical and psychiatric history to understand the depth of your PMDD symptoms. This includes an assessment of your overall mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. During this comprehensive assessment, Dr. Bekker might order lab tests to analyze your hormone levels and to identify any other underlying medical conditions that might be exacerbating your PMDD symptoms.

Once Dr. Bekker has a well-rounded understanding of your health and needs, she collaborates with you to devise a tailored treatment plan aimed at alleviating your PMDD symptoms and addressing the root causes contributing to your condition.

For instance, she might prescribe medications to balance your hormone levels or suggest lifestyle alterations such as incorporating regular physical exercise, adopting relaxation techniques, or modifying your diet to better manage your symptoms. Dr. Bekker may also propose therapy sessions where you can acquire skills to manage your mood swings, improve your focus, and stabilize your emotional responses during the premenstrual phase.

Call My Best Self, LLC or schedule a consultation online today for a comprehensive assessment and personalized care.

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Dr. Yana Bekker is an in-network psychiatrist with the following commercial insurance plans: