Thursday, 9 February 2012

Definition of PMDD in the ICD

This is the current definition for the new draft edition of the ICD11 (due out in 2015).

What do you think?

"Severe form of premenstrual syndrome considered as a distinct clinical entity, characterized by prominent symptoms of irritability, anger, internal tension, dysphoria and mood lability. Diagnosis requires a prospective symptom diary documenting specific cyclic symptoms associated with the luteal and menstrual phases of the cycle, and evidence of socioeconomic dysfunction."

I think that sounds pretty good!
I absolutely agree with the term 'distinct clinical entity' as it really does not just fit into one box.

If the WHO has released a current definition for PMDD in the new International Classification of Diseases, then maybe we really will get what we need.  The inclusion of PMDD in the new edition will mean so much for sufferers all around the world.

Fingers, toes, legs and eyes crossed!!

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