Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Pmdd Symptoms, PMS Symptoms, Premenstrual Syndrome Symptoms, Dysphoria Symptoms, Mood Disorder Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a group of symptoms that can be debilitating and embarrassing for a woman suffering from this condition. Sometimes these conditions are more than the mood swings and binge eating which is prevalent in premenstrual syndrome. The symptoms manifest themselves prior to the menses when a hormonal imbalance is possible. While many women suffer from premenstrual anxiety or occasional depression related to their menses, some of them experience certain symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.6

According to DSM-IV, the following are the symptoms of PMDD:

  • Depression-related Symptoms
    • Feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, depressed mood
    • Sudden feeling of sadness and high sensitivity to personal criticism
    • Lack of interest in regular activities
    • Depression accompanied with suicidal tendencies and behavior
    • Considerable changes in appetite and craving for a particular type of food
    • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Anxiety-Related Symptoms
    • Considerable anxiety, tension, feeling of being on the edge
    • Consistent irritability, anger, or heightened interpersonal difficulties
    • Overwhelming feeling or loss of control
  • Cognitive Symptoms – Difficulty in concentrating
  • Physical Symptoms – Swelling or tenderness in the breast, pain in the joints and muscles, increase in weight, and bloated feeling

Other symptoms of PMDD include:

  • The patient is suffering from extreme sadness
  • PMDD is also marked by frequent crying
  • The patient develops anxiety and nervousness
  • The patient has a strong unusual craving for particular type of foods
  • The individual suffering from PMDD has difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • The patient is suffering from panic attacks
  • The individual suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder suffers from occasional mood swings
  • The patient feels fatigued or lacks energy

Could You Have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

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