What Are You Suffering From? Is it PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) or PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder)?

In our life, the most strenuous subject is to find out a little difference between two equivalent things. Human tendency often tries to avoid such meticulous observation whether it is related to health, fruits, vegetables or anything else. But, such defiance is not always worthy of health. The best evidence lies in the types of headaches named Migraine, Hypertension, Stress, Sinus etc. which are familiar by their special and different positions. This is very common and discussional topic, for what people can easily find out the solutions or take some remedies.

But, open menstrual consultation is a kind of prohibition in our society still today. As a result of this, most of the women misguided by PMS and PMDD. Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder often overlap to each other by their characteristic features. A week or two prior to menstruation women feel week, tired, crying, depressed, heavy or bloated which are basically acquainted with the name of PMS.This PMS is familiar to 80% women who may have to face it during their periods. But, if PMS syndrome reaches its extreme intensity, then it definitely designates the PMDD. PMDD affects only 3 to 8% women. PMDD prevents you from doing normal works of your daily life; it even affects the relationship with friends and family. Women with mild PMS may not need the help of a doctor to cope with the syndrome. But the women who are suffering from PMDD should take the consultancy of the doctors in order to improve their issues. Seemingly, PMS and PMDD may have many of the identical symptoms that include, bloating, tender breasts, headaches, muscle or joint aches, fatigue, trouble sleeping, food cravings, changes in mood. So, both PMS and PMDD patients have experienced the mood and physical symptoms but, mood symptoms in PMDD predominates most that may cause social impairment too. A study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association which showed that PMDD broadly affects women’s lives. According to the study, women who have PMDD reported significantly more interference in their relationships with their husbands and children than women who have the more common PMS. In several ways PMS and PMDD become different that includes:

Depression – PMDD intensifies the feeling of depression that generally includes in PMS. It is said that during PMDD sadness may transform into hopelessness that can influence you for committing suicide.

Anxiety – Worriedness, feeling of tension comes with the PMS, but, PMDD helps you to reach in the verge of anxiousness.

Mood Swings – When you have PMS, you may feel happy for a minute and suddenly, you will switch to the upset or angry mood. Even you feel like crying. But, when you have PMDD, your mood swings will get its intensity that can snatch away your own control over your life. You may not bother with anything or may initiate a fight for unusual things.

Spirit of Defiance – During the time of PMS, you can feel a little detached from your usual loved one, routines. But, when you undergo PMDD, you will influence yourself the spirit of defiance. You will stop caring, bothering for your job, hobbies, friends and families. In the end, such spirit of defiance can put you in a happy mood or can push you to the depression.

Different problems need different treatments. So, how much you are going to affect by the PMDD, determines the mild or severe treatment of the doctor. Mild PMS can be changed by the changing of the lifestyle that involves exercise, diet, quality sleep, stress reduction, as well as one, can take drug or medicine prescribed by the doctor. PMDD will be hardly cured followed by changed lifestyle and diet. In this case, you have to follow the regular medicine, drugs and special treatments prescribed by the doctor.

By: Binita Maity

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