Q: What is PMDD?
Dr. Donnica: PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. It is
the acronym for the more severe form of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome). Like PMS,
PMDD occurs the week before the onset of menstruation and disappears a few days
after. PMDD is characterized by severe monthly mood swings and physical
symptoms that interfere with everyday life, especially a woman's relationships
with her family and friends. PMDD symptoms go far beyond what are considered
manageable or normal premenstrual symptoms.
PMDD is a combination of symptoms that may include irritability, depressed
mood, anxiety, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, angry outbursts,
breast tenderness and bloating. The diagnostic criteria emphasize symptoms of
depressed mood, anxiety, mood swings or irritability. The condition affects
up to one in 20 American women who have regular menstrual periods.
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Created: 11/28/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.