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While any woman can develop PMDD, the following may be at an increased risk:
Other possible risk factors include lower education and cigarette smoking
Consult your health care provider for more information.
Symptoms of PMDD appear during the week before and end within a few days after your period starts. These symptoms disrupt daily living tasks. Symptoms of PMDD are so severe that women have trouble functioning at home, at work, and in relationships during this time. This is markedly different than other times during the month.
The following are the most common symptoms of PMDD:
Neurologic and vascular symptoms
The symptoms of PMDD may look like other conditions or medical problems, such as a thyroid condition, depression, or an anxiety disorder. Always consult a health care provider for a diagnosis.
Aside from a complete medical history and physical and pelvic exam, there are very few diagnostic tests. Because there are mental health symptoms, your doctor may want you to be evaluated for mental health concerns. In addition, your doctor may ask that you keep a journal or diary of your symptoms for several months. In general, to diagnose PMDD the following symptoms must be present:
PMDD is a serious, chronic condition that does require treatment. Several of the following treatment approaches may help relieve or decrease the severity of PMDD symptoms:
For some women, the severity of symptoms increase over time and last until menopause. For this reason, a woman may require treatment for an extended time. Medication dosages may be needed throughout the course of treatment.
PMDD is a much more severe form of t premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The exact cause of PMDD is not known.
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