Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Pronounced: PRE-men-strawl dis-FOR-ick dis-OR-der
by Diana Kohnle
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) occurs just prior to menstruation and is characterized by significant:
PMDD is much more severe and less common than PMS.
Factors that may increase the risk of PMDD include:
Symptoms typically begin 10-14 days prior to the start of menstruation.
Your doctor will diagnose PMDD based on your symptoms. You may be asked to keep a record of when your symptoms occur and how severe they are.
Your doctor may also order:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
These steps can help manage symptoms of PMDD:
Your doctor may recommend:
To reduce your chance of PMDD, take these steps:
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Andrea Chisholm