PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME AND DEPRESSION

THE WHAT AND HOW

Nadine Tonguem

Premenstrual syndrome is something many women may be familiar with and swipe this under carpet. But I think this need to be discussed openly. From painful cramps and mood swings, lots of people experience PMS ; but for some, the symptoms are debilitating. Most women have symptoms severe enough to stop them from being productive for at least a week - therefore unable to live their normal lives, which can be the result of premenstrual dysphoric disorder - or PMDD - which can have a serious impact on mental well-being.

At its worst, it has led to the breakdown of a loving relationship; it has caused to spend days unable to get out of bed to work or even to do smaller things like making yourself a cup of tea !

In some cases most women are overwhelmed with despair as if their heart had been filled up with cement. For me, the mood swings are certainly the worst but there are many people who suffer physically or experience completely different symptoms around their period. Mood swings are how you can spot something is wrong. 

The first step i recommend is to keep a diary of your symptoms over two-three menstrual cycles . What is frustrating about this is getting the diagnosis which is often a big hurdle. Once other causes for your symptoms have been ruled out, you should see a specialist who can help find the right medication! Medication certainly give some relief from these awful symptoms but You have to drive your treatment every step of the way. 

Hormonal treatments is often the usual !

Your practitioner may recommend taking the pill - oral contraceptives - to help reduce the symptoms of PMDD by controlling or stopping your periods.

Although this helps some people, though, it may not necessarily work for everyone. Taking the pill may make some people's symptoms worse.

Some people may benefit from gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues, which come as injections or a nasal spray and reduce the symptoms of PMDD by bringing on a temporary menopause .

Lifestyle changes is sustainable treatment !

Making some lifestyle changes can sometimes help improve your mental and physical health generally, which may help with the symptoms of PMDD.

Getting regular exercise can help because physical activity releases brain chemicals such as endorphins, which help boost our mood. Exercising can also help you sleep better too. Eating a healthy, balanced diet, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, quitting smoking and reducing your caffeine intake too can help. 

Emotional care!

Self-care may help reduce the impact PMDD has on your life. You could try to manage your stress levels with relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation or mindfulness, which can help with unwanted thoughts.

If you have any related issues please do talk to a health specialist don’t die in silence 🙏 there’s help out there for us women 


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