I am surprised but glad that so many people have been finding my PMDD posts and adding comments.  I hope that means that more women who need help with PMDD are finding my Psych Central blog helpful.  I’ve mostly been sharing my own anecdotes regarding advice and methods of treatment.  I thought it would be good to reference a few other resources to get an even bigger picture of PMDD.

Web MD –  This website is used by millions of people and often has plenty of information.  Although the article is filed under “PMS”, it does describe PMDD as a separate condition.  It includes good nutrition, exercise, medications, and counseling as possible treatment options for PMDD.  The article suggests cutting salt, caffeine, refined sugar, and alcohol.  Although exercise hasn’t been established as a treatment, many people find that activities like yoga and regular aerobic exercise help premenstrual symptoms.

Pain, anti-anxiety, and antidepressant medications are sometimes helpful with PMDD symptoms.  Also, contraceptives can manage hormone levels and help with mood swings.  Counseling can be very helpful for managing depression or anxiety symptoms.  It can also help you feel less ashamed for having to deal with PMDD, and can help you rebuild your way of thinking and managing your emotions.

Mayo Clinic – The Mayo Clinic website has similar recommendations for treatment, but also includes herbal remedies and nutritional supplements as being possibly helpful.  It also suggests that increasing your carbs during the week before your period can improve your memory and mood.

The Mayo Clinic site also says that up to 10% of women have PMDD!  It is not as rare as it may seem, so it’s important for women to understand what’s going on.  The author of the Mayo Clinic article says that major depression is common with PMDD, but it can also occur in women with no previous history of depression.  That means it can sneak up on you.  You may have no idea you should even be looking out for it.

Other Tips For Getting Help With PMDD

Both the Web MD site and the Mayo Clinic stress that you should talk to your doctor if you think you have these symptoms.  It’s important to determine if you have PMDD or if your symptoms indicate a different problem.  It’s always easier to treat something when you have an accurate diagnosis.

Most of all, keep going after an answer if you feel like your symptoms aren’t getting better.  Find someone who doesn’t dismiss your problem and will help you find a solution.  You can get better!  Not every
treatment works for every person because everyone’s bodies are a little different.  That doesn’t mean you can’t find help – it may mean you need to just keep plugging at it.  Don’t give up and keep reaching out.

Please remember you can always write in to me for support.  I may not have all the answers you need, but I’ll help however I can.