Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Treatment

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Are The Available Treatments for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

In general, the aim of treatment in patients suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder is to reduce the symptoms and to improve social and occupational functioning that could result in improvement in the quality of life.

Lifestyle Changes

For individuals suffering from slightly severe symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, initiating changes in their lifestyle can be vital. Having regular exercise and reducing caffeine intake can ease the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder as well as anxiety and irritability. Decreasing consumption of sodium will also help lower the possibility of edema and bloating. This is the most preferred treatment approach of people suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Food Supplements

Food supplements rich in Vitamin B, E, calcium carbonate, and magnesium have been proven effective in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. This was proven by several studies focusing on the effectivity of nutritional supplements in the treatment of PMDD.

Nonpharmacologic Treatments

In the course of treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder, psychosocial stressors should be addressed whether it’s a cause or result of the condition. Practicing stress reduction procedures, assertiveness training, and anger management can lower symptoms and difficulties in socializing with other people.

Cognitive behavior therapy can be helpful to women who have a pessimistic view of themselves and their future that was aggravated by premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It can help improve self-esteem and interpersonal effectiveness.

Herbal Therapies

According to several studies, using herbal medicine for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder can be effective and safe. Evening primrose oil, as well as chaste tree berry, is known to have positive effects in treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder. However, herbal therapy for the treatment of PMDD has not been approved in the United States and has not been tested for their safety in pregnant and lactating mothers.

Antidepressants and Anxiolytic Medicines

For women who are suffering from severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder, the first line of treatment is using antidepressants. Taking 20 mg of fluoxetine, for example, can be effective when used during the luteal stage or during the duration of the menstrual cycle.

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