Add PMDD to the Sex Education Curriculum
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I have PMDD. And I had no idea for 10 years.
I tried everything for what I thought was depression; counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, diet changes, meditation. All of these helped, but still every now and again I'd feel so hopeless I wanted to walk into traffic.
After a while I noticed a pattern. I would only feel like this in the two weeks prior to my period. I thought I was crazy, that other women were able to handle PMS and function normally so I must be exaggerating, or be weaker than other women.
Then I read about PMDD. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is symptomized by depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, join pain, swelling, rage, mood swings, insomnia and exhaustion.
Recent scientific research has concluded PMDD is a cell disorder which makes sufferers react differently to natural hormones estrogen and progesterone. It affects 3 - 5 % of the menstruating population. That's over 100,000 women in the UK alone.
Presently 3 - 5% of teenage girls in our school system are suffering with PMDD, through lack of education and understanding they may, just as I did, feel confused and alone with their symptoms.
We ask the Secretary of State for Education to include educating young people about PMDD in the curriculum. We want these women to get the help and understanding they need (and deserve) as early as possible.
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