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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is an extreme form of premenstrual syndrome. It is characterized by sever physical and emotional problems. There are eleven symptoms associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder and a woman must exhibit at least five of these before a doctor will diagnose her with this disorder. Some of these symptoms include depression, anxiety, moodiness, fatigue and insomnia. There are also physical symptoms including bloating, muscle pains, weight gain and headaches. These symptoms usually start during the middle of a woman's cycle, peaks during the week before her period and ends within the first couple of days during menstruation.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder can be treated using several methods. Speak with your physician to decide which is best for you. Women can treat the disorder by something as simple as changing their diet, seeking psycho-behavioral therapy and taking prescribed medication. Some nutritional changes that you can make are to limit caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, salt, and sugar. Also, adding more foods rich in protein and complex carbohydrates may help reduce symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, in addition to supplementing one's diet with vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, psycho-behavioral therapies such as meditation, yoga and aerobic exercise have proven beneficial for some women. Still others may find it necessary to take medications in order to treat their disorder. Currently there are three anti-depressants used-Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil-to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Patients may also be given anti-anxiety medication, pain relievers, diuretics and hormones such as birth control pills.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosed medical condition that affects about five percent of menstruating women and can be controlled under the supervision of a doctor. Seek help if you feel that exhibit severe symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. There are treatments available that can free you from the monthly physical and emotional problems associated with this disorder.