Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a severe form of premenstrual syndrome, affects about 5 percent of women of childbearing age, including adolescent girls. Teen Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder can occur in tandem with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Therefore, proper assessment is necessary to accurately diagnose Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder in teenagers.

What is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD, is an extreme form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Both PMDD and PMS have physical and emotional symptoms. However, what characterizes PMDD vs. PMS are the intense and debilitating mood shifts that can accompany PMDD. As a result, PMDD symptoms are typically severe enough to interfere with work, school, and relationships.

Symptoms of PMDD, previously known as late luteal phase dysphoric disorder, usually start the week before a woman begins menstruating and last for the first few days of her period. Mental health symptoms of PMDD may include mood swings, depression and feelings of hopelessness, anger and irritability, panic attacks, anxiety, and difficulty concentrating. Moreover, physical symptoms may include fatigue, changes in sleep and appetite, dizziness, cramp and bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, joint pain, and hot flashes.

Women with a personal or family history of depression, postpartum depression, or other mood disorders may be at greater risk for developing PMDD. Furthermore, studies have shown a connection between PMDD and low levels of serotonin, a chemical that helps control mood, attention, sleep, and pain. Hormonal changes can reduce serotonin levels. Consequently, PMDD treatment often includes antidepressants and/or hormone therapy. Diet, exercise, and nutrition are also being investigated as potential approaches for alleviating symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

Sources: Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Health Publications

It's Time to Make a Change

Ready to Begin the Path to Healing?

Call Today (817) 259-2597
Most commercial insurance accepted
School Stress and Teen Depression: Navigating the Challenges
February 28, 2024

School Stress and Teen Depression: Navigating the Challenges

Understanding the mental health challenges faced by our teenagers is a real concern for many parents and guardians. The journey through adolescence is often paved with various pressures, among which school-relate...
A young female teen vaping while at school.
February 26, 2024

Physical Signs That Your Teen Is Vaping Too Much

Parents and guardians across the United States share a growing concern that resonates deeply—a concern for the well-being of their teenagers amidst the widespread phenomenon of vaping. Raising ...
Two teens smoking weed; they are in need of treatment.
February 26, 2024

Treatment and Support for Teens Struggling With THC Use

Cannabis is one of the most frequently used recreational drugs in the world with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimating that 192 million of the global population used it in 2020 ...
This new drug known as Nitazenes will affect the youth of our country if measures aren't taken.
February 23, 2024

Guarding Your Teen Against Nitazenes: The Opioids Stronger Than Fentanyl

The opioid crisis represents a major public health emergency, having claimed countless lives through addiction and overdose. The number of drug overdose deaths increased by more than 16% from 202...

We Are Here to Help.

Contact Us Today to Begin.