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How to Treat PMDD Symptoms

Treat PMDD Symptoms
Treat PMDD Symptoms

Knowing how to treat PMDD symptoms is an important part of treating PMDD as a whole. While doctors typically also focus on just treatment of PMDD symptoms also it is essential you know the difference between curing PMDD totally and stopping the signs of PMDD separately as well.

Symptoms of PMDD all come from a root hormonal imbalance caused by many factors in your life as well as a genetic predisposition to this condition as well. If you solve the hormonal riddle inside your body those symptoms disappear, which makes finding a natural way to treat PMDD at its base level very valuable. However, along the way you do need to treat PMDD symptoms as well so you can survive and function long enough for a long term PMDD cure to take effects. Luckily many actions that help with alleviating symptoms also have benefit in a longer term solution to this disorder too.

So let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms and what we can do about them as fast as possible:

Depression – This is a major problem for many women with PMDD that can range form a general lowness, to full on can’t-get-out-of-bed clinical depression. The most immediate things you can do to help this in my opinion are exercise, which can be hard to get yourself motivated for – but will always lift your spirits and help your body and mind be more energetic. Also Meditation can be of great help here, either proper meditation, or even just finding a quite place to yourself with no noise and a chance to reflect internally for a space of time. Herbally I mentioned in a previous post that St. John’s Wort is an excellent supplement that works like medical anti-depressants but without the side effects.

PMDD Diagnostic TestIrritability – Most PMDD suffering women get quite irritable, to outright angry in this period. Treating PMDD irritability requires some boosting of the feel good chemicals in the brain such as dopamine and endorphins. Exercise is again a massive booster of mood that should be taken into account. I would also recommend more intake of magnesium rich food and Magnesium Supplements which are known to boost your mood amongst other properties. I would also advise you talk to your loved ones and simply warn them, not that you are “in a bad mood”, but that you have a problem and for them to be patient. Also reassure them it is not their fault – it is not your fault either, but if you put blame into this volatile mix it ends up much worse.

Cramping – Increasing your water intake is very helpful to lessen the effects of cramping, but do not drown yourself as that can sometimes flush out a lot of useful nutrients you need. As odd as it might sound, sexual activity has been known to help reduce cramping too so even if you might not feel like it, if you can get int he mood this will help to end pain and improve your mood too. Supplements of zinc and calcium have also been proven to help reducing cramping and are a good PMDD treatment option.

Headaches – As above, increased hydration makes a massive difference to headaches. While you can take pain killers, I would advise against this in favour of Chasteberry as a natural alternative to treat PMDD. Again I would like to stress how good meditation can be to help with headaches, and depression, irritability and anxiety as well.

PMDD Symptoms – Signs of PMDD

PMDD Diagnostic TestThere 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)

Physical symptoms

  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • 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.