Do you feel your premenstrual Week 4 is far worse than what your friends and sisters 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 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 every premenstrual week. To learn more about PMDD, visit MayoClinic.com.
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Gabrielle Lichterman is the founder of Hormonology, author of 28 Days: What Your Cycle Reveals about Your Love Life, Moods and Potential and creator of the popular Hormone Horoscope menstrual cycle tracker apps. In 2005, Gabrielle pioneered the growing movement among women to live in sync with their menstrual cycles and learn about the many ways their hormones impact their moods, health and behavior with the publication of her book, 28 Days. She's also a longtime women's health journalist whose articles have been published in major publications around the globe. Gabrielle's new updated and expanded version of 28 Days is due to be published December 2018. You can help get this book published by participating in her fundraiser at MyHormonology.com/28-days-fundraiser.