My HormonologyDo you feel your premenstrual week is far worse than what your friends and family members go through?

For instance, while others get blue, do you get downright depressed? Instead of just feeling snappish, do you feel like your anger is uncontrollable? Do these symptoms impact your job, school or family life?

If so, you could have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is an extreme form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and affects up to 8% of menstruating women.

The good news is you don’t have to simply put up with it. Tell your doctor you think you might have PMDD and she’ll be able to offer you a variety of options to help ease your symptoms so you’ll be happier and calmer during your premenstrual week.

Also consider asking your doctor about chromium, which was shown in a recent study to dramatically ease premenstrual symptoms in women with severe PMS.

To learn more about PMDD, visit MayoClinic.com.