There are many PMDD symptoms to be aware of, but as I mentioned in my previous post the main signs of PMDD are linked to the dysphoria that accompanies this disorder and defines it. That being said, not every woman suffers from the same set of symptoms. Some experience some aspects much worse than others, and other still do not suffer a great many of these symptoms. There is however a clear clinical definition that says you needs a certain amount of these symptoms of various sorts to be proven to be suffering from PMDD.
Personally, even if you do not have every single one of these symptoms, but you are close – I would treat yourself as having this condition. Not because I want to scare you, but if you take it seriously then there are ways to relieve these symptoms and eventually cure PMDD for good anyway.
Here is a list of common symptoms with special reference to the emotional turmoil aspects that are the real problems of this condition:
- Depression, feelings of despair and hopelessness, generally lower and sadder moods.
- Feeling totally out of control of your life and/or completely overwhelmed by life and its burdens
- Sudden mood swings, often with angry outbursts, or sudden onsets of crying
- Feeling on edge, anxious and panicky
- Lacking interest in the usual things that gives you drive and motivation (school, work, hobbies etc)
- Anger, irritability and interpersonal conflicts
- Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings.
- Focus is lacking and concentration fades quickly
- Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy.
- Insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too little, or too much)
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness or swelling
- Headaches and migraines
- Muscle or joint aches and pains.
Now, to make sure these are symptoms of PMDD and not other underlying disorders, you must get these signs of PMDD in the last week of your menstrual cycle, and they MUST begin to fade fast after your period comes. If you are suffering these things in the first 2-3 weeks of your menstrual cycle then you might have a completely different mood disorder. Or you might have another disorder AND PMDD.
As always, take note of these things and see your doctor to confirm whatever problems you might be having, but makes sure you do your homework and investigate what symptoms you do have, and when you have them too.