How do I know if I have PMDD?
The symptoms of PMDD are:
- Sadness and crying
- Feeling nervous or anxious
- Anger or irritability
- Strong cravings for certain foods
- Problems paying attention and concentrating
- Physical problems such as breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain and swelling or bloating
- Trouble sleeping
These symptoms can affect your relationships and work ability. If you have some of these symptoms 10 to 14 days before your period and they improve when your period starts, you might have PMDD. Your family doctor can help you find out for sure.
Track your PMDD symptoms using this symptom chart.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder by Subhash C. Bhatia, M.D., and Shashi K. Bhatia, M.D. (American Family Physician October 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021001/1239.html)
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