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Hi Loris4andnomore,

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well. When you say you have PPMD symptoms, have you been diagnosed with the condition or do you feel like it's more PMS. The symptoms for both are identical and over the course of a year, during most menstrual cycles, five or more of the following symptoms must be present:
o depressed mood
o anger or irritability
o difficulty in concentrating
o lack of interest in activities once enjoyed
o moodiness
o increased appetite
o insomnia or hypersomnia
o feeling overwhelmed or out of control
o other physical symptoms

The conditions also include symptoms that disturb social, occupational, or physical functioning and symptoms that are not related to, or exaggerated by, another medical condition. And while sadness or mild depression are not uncommon with PMS. However, with PMDD, significant depression and hopelessness may occur; in extreme cases, women may feel like killing themselves or others. Attributing suicidal or homicidal feelings to “it’s just PMS” is inappropriate.

For mild cases, treatment may include diet modifications such as high carbohydrate meals and reducing salt, caffeine and alcohol, as well as a variety of methods for stress reduction and relaxation such as exercise, counseling and stress/behaviour management strategies.

Would you describe your case as mild, medium or severe? That will help us hone in on answers for you.

August 11, 2008 - 9:02am


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