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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) (cont.)

PMDD Symptoms

Patient Comments

Symptoms of PMDD can vary significantly among women, but have in common the fact that they occur in relation to the menstrual cycle. The following symptoms have been reported by women suffering from PMDD:

  • fatigue,
  • mood changes,
  • abdominal bloating,
  • breast tenderness,
  • appetite changes,
  • hot flashes,
  • palpitations,
  • crying spells,
  • headache,
  • difficulty concentrating or forgetfulness,
  • feeling irritable, tense, or overly sensitive to stimuli,
  • depression,
  • acne, and
  • gastrointestinal (stomach and intestine) upset.

While these symptoms can all occur to some extent in PMS, in true PMDD they are pronounced enough to cause significant impact upon a woman's daily functioning.

When to Seek Medical Care

If a woman has disturbing symptoms that occur in relationship to her menstrual period, it is appropriate to contact a health care practitioner for an evaluation.

If PMDD is causing significant depression, suicidal thoughts may occur. Ideas of suicide are considered a medical emergency, and emergency care should be accessed immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2014

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