Friday, 28 March 2014

PMDD Symptom List

PMDD Symptom list - Diagnosis criteria

To be diagnosed with PMDD , a woman must suffer from at least four of the following 11 symptoms:
  • markedly depressed mood
  • marked anxiety or tension
  • persistent irritability or anger
  • difficulty in concentrating
  • decreased interest in usual activities
  • noticeable lack of energy
  • marked change in appetite
  • insomnia or hypersomnia
  • sense of being overwhelmed or out of control
  • sudden sadness or depression
  • physical symptoms such as joint pains, headaches, breast tenderness or "bloating."
The symptoms must occur a week before a menstrual cycle begins and disappear a few days after the menstrual cycle starts. The symptoms must recur in at least two consecutive menstrual cycles and must also "markedly interfere" with work, basic functioning or social relationships.

(Information from NAPS)

These are the most common PMS symptoms featured on the NHS website.  Women with PMDD often suffer from more than one of the following on top of the PMDD symptoms.

Physical PMS symptoms

  • fluid retention and feeling bloated
  • pain and discomfort in your abdomen (tummy)
  • headaches 
  • changes to your skin and hair
  • backache
  • muscle and joint pain
  • breast tenderness
  • insomnia (trouble sleeping)
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • nausea
  • weight gain (up to 1kg)

Psychological PMS symptoms

  • mood swings
  • feeling upset or emotional
  • feeling irritable or angry
  • depressed mood
  • crying and tearfulness
  • anxiety 
  • difficulty concentrating
  • confusion and forgetfulness
  • restlessness
  • decreased self-esteem

Behavioural PMS symptoms

  • loss of libido (loss of interest in sex)
  • appetite changes or food cravings

Any chronic (long-term) illnesses, such as asthma or migraine, may get worse.  This is called Pre Menstrual Exacerbation, PME.
As depression is a common symptom of PMDD, it is possible that a woman with PMDD may have thoughts about suicide.
PMDD can be particularly difficult to deal with because it can have a negative effect on your daily life and relationships. See your GP if you are experiencing severe symptoms.
Read more about treating PMS and PMDD (link takes you to NHS website).

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