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Finding Balance with PMDD

Since I was in my teens, I noticed that I’d have periods of depression or anxiety. I could never figure out that these feelings peaked a week or two before my period. A year or two ago I wouldn’t have been able to feel this shift. I want to share some things that have been working for me.

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Im Not PMSing

I’m Not PMSing

PMS and PMDD are quite different. However, they are often described in the books as PMS and then PMDD, a more severe form of PMS. This is partially true, but this analogy can create a lot of confusion and harm to all of us. Here is a little synopsis of what we all know so well:

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PMDD: The Art Of Accepting What You Can’t Change, and The Courage To Change What You Can

Getting away from your triggers, be they at work or home, the people who irritate you are normally amplified on bad days. How can you walk away from your life? Your home? Your job The only way that I have been able to describe it and come close is in two ways with two examples.

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Today They Told Me I Have PMDD

Today they told me I have PMDD. It was no surprise really. I didn’t know whether to feel relieved or distressed. Would knowing make me feel these emotions more intensely? Sometimes being less self-aware might be a blessing, but the truth is, I’m the opposite.

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Woman Battling PMDD

Me and My PMDD Journey

In 2009, my female GP formally diagnosed me with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). I had never heard of this disorder, but I had definitely suffered from it. So, for the past ten years, I’ve been in a mad frenzy to discover all I can about this disorder and have learned even more about myself in the process.

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