Recognition of Premenstrual Dystrophic Disorder

Recognition of Premenstrual Dystrophic Disorder

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After years of visiting my doctors surgery , being given medication to treat a very serious psychiatric disorder and not being listened too , I actually convinced myself I had BI-POLAR Disorder but only for two weeks every month !

From day 10 every month of my cycle everything started to change . I had physical pain, swollen and painful breasts, and also suffered from weight gain and hot sweats ..

The effect it had on my mental health was excruciating I wanted to leave my family, my job .My rage was out of control . I was paranoid,  felt rejected and auto piloted myself through work . Then- at most two days after my period all was well again. I wanted to talk to people again. I wanted to make plans and I had to deal with the aftermath of the two weeks of ignoring phone calls, cancelling plans and trying to repair any damage I may have caused to my nearest and dearest. 

I begged my Gp to refer me to a Gynaecologist. I knew I needed some help. Contraception made everything so much worse . I needed a complete balance or hormones not one Hormone to help me . Or I needed a hysterectomy! I was told at 37 I was too young. Luckily I had already had my children and I needed to help to be the Mum they needed and deserved . 

Finally I went to a private GP, who referred me to a gynaecologist. This gynaecologist looked at my blood test, brain scan and all my history and finally gave me a diagnosis of severe PMS and PCOS . 

PMDD is recognised in the USA . Doctors actually have jobs daily in this area. in the uk at present it’s not being recognised unless you’re willing to spend thousands to get to see someone who knows what they are dealing with . 

Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of depression and mania, and like PMDD, is a cyclic disorder. ... In PMDD, mood swings are synchronized with the menstrual cycle. In contrast, the mood swings associated with bipolardisorder are not linked with the menstrual cycle, and do not follow a predictable pattern.

I want PMDD to be recognised as a hormone disorder that can be treated by balancing hormones . Not a psychiatric disorder that needs treating with anti psychotic medication. 

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