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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.

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