Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) (cont.)
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Taking a medical history and performing a physical examination are the first steps in the diagnosis of PMDD. While there are no specific tests or physical findings that can establish the diagnosis, it is important to rule out other conditions that may be responsible for the symptoms. Since many of the symptoms of PMDD are fairly nonspecific, a number of other conditions, including pregnancy, may be responsible for a woman's symptoms. Blood tests may be ordered to help rule out other conditions that may mimic PMDD.
In order to diagnose PMDD, it must be shown that the symptoms are directly related to the menstrual cycle. To do this, women are usually asked to complete a symptom chart or calendar and record their symptoms each day for a given length of time. The symptoms can then be correlated with the menstrual cycle and onset of the menstrual period.
PMDD is a treatable condition, and a number of different therapies have been shown to be successful in helping reduce or resolve the symptoms.
Self-Care at Home
Several dietary supplements have been shown in limited clinical studies to help alleviate the symptoms of PMDD in some women, but none of these remedies has been proved with absolute certainty to be effective. Chasteberry extract (agnus castus fruit) as well as calcium, vitamin B6, and vitamin E supplements have all been shown in some studies to reduce PMS/PMDD symptoms.
Medications remain the mainstay of therapy for PMDD. Medications from a number of different classes have been effective in treating PMDD.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2014
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