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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Irritability before Girls Period

Abstract: With PMDD is meant irritability and mood swings for women before menstruation.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) - Irritability before Girls Period

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

What is the PMDD?

Answer:

Women of reproductive age sometimes report premenstrual symptoms of irritability, tension, dysphoria (a feeling of low mood, irritability,anxiety and/or despair) and lability of mood which seriously interfere with their lifestyle and relationships. Premenstrual symptoms in this small group of women are so disruptive that a series of research diagnostic criteria for what is now labeled premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) have been developed and published (DSM-IV). Approximately two thirds of women who meet the diagnostic criteria for PMDD do not usually respond to conservative and conventional interventions and they often seek out the expertise of a health professional.

Some studies say that this occurs for 3-8 % of all women in reproductive ages, other studies report that it occurs for 75 % of them.

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