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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: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, 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?


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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