Depression in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – PMDD
4 Natural remedies others have had success with
This month it came on strong and almost took on a life of its own- particularly during the second half of your menstrual cycle; uncharacteristically low mood, even depression and/or anxiety. If this has happened before, even many times before or each month before, it could be PMDD.
“Unlike premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which affects up to 85 percent of women and has milder symptoms, PMDD affects about 5 percent of women and is much more severe”. (Dr. Angelos Halaris, MD, professor of psychiatry and medical director of adult psychiatry at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago)
Here are natural things other women have found to help:
Say no to caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate. Caffeine exacerbates symptoms. Alcohol directly affects hormone levels, and chocolate can be addictive and contribute to mood swings.
Eat several small meals throughout the day. This will help to stabilize energy levels during the premenstrual stage. Also, these meals should be high in complex carbohydrates and low in fat and protein.
Get regular aerobic exercise. Brisk exercise each week, more frequently leading up to and during PMDD, will cause an increase in production of mood-elevating, pain-relieving endorphins.
Stress-reduction techniques such as yoga and meditation practiced over several months should help lessen symptoms.
See your trusted health professional
To test for overt luteal phase progesterone deficiency.
To consider an antidepressant
The good news:
- Treatment is readily available as a combination of depression drugs as well as talk therapies.
- You’ll probably need these for just a short period each month.
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