Requesting public apology from "The Doctors" for comments made about women fighting PMDD

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This petition is for everyone to band together and demand a public apology, as " The Doctors" Tv Show have left women suffering a debilitating disorder, that already feel helpless and unsupported, to feel even more alone.

At the beginning of November many women were excited to see that " The Doctors" TV Show aired an episode they called " Do You Suffer from ‘Period Rage’ which was regarding a disorder known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

PMDD is rather unknown and misdiagnosed, so many women have been coming together to raise awareness and support each other through this awful disorder.

Sadly when we thought "The Doctors" had finally answered many emails regarding raising awareness and chose to talk about it................... we were left disgusted, disappointed and extremely offended when PMDD was mocked and laughed at.

"Guys if you start dating a woman, make sure you go through a few cycles before you go out and buy a ring" Ignorant comment made by Dr. Andrew Ordon.

 Link to episode:

www.thedoctorstv.com/videos/do-you-suffer-from-period-rage

www.youtube.com/watch?v=00qvKDQAieQ

Below is a little info on PMDD with further links and information:

Many women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) which refers to the range of physical and emotional symptoms that are experienced during the lead up to menstruation. 

Then there is a small percentage of women who suffer from severe pms, often described as PMS on steroids, this is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

{ Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) }

Often misdiagnosed as bipolar or major depression disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) refers to the range of severe physical and emotional symptoms experienced by women during their menstrual cycle.

While research is still being done to determine the cause for PMDD it is believed that PMDD is caused by an abnormal reaction to fluctuations in hormones throughout a women's menstrual cycle. Women can also have higher levels of particular hormones which also amplify PMDD.

PMDD can change a woman who is usually bright, funny, confident, social, articulated and healthy into a women who is aggressive and paranoid. But the next few days she is unable to get out of bed, insecure, severely anxious, suffering brain fog to the point of slurring words and unable to concentrate. This is also at the same time while she suffers from migraines, severe pelvic pain and cramping, insomnia, hot flashes and muscle pain.

But this is not the worst of it.. she gets to go through all those symptoms that then lead up to a severe and dark depression that many times includes suicidal and intrusive thoughts.

This all happens within her menstrual cycle, every cycle!

PMDD has been the cause of many marriages ending, it has broken families and relationships and sadly women have taken their own lives due to this disorder.

Although there is no cure there are many ways women can treat this disorder from:

  • Diet Changes ( eg limiting gluten, sugar, alcohol and coffee )
  • Exercise
  • Medication ( Such as antidepressant)
  • Birth Control
  • Vitamins ( Such as Magnesium, B6 )
  • Counselling ( Individual and couple )
  • Limiting Stress (Some women can only work part time or choose to meditation, yoga, massages or acupuncture therapy.)
  • Natural Progesterone Cream or Tablets
  • Natural Remedies such as using Essential Oils etc.
  • Hysterectomy

Even with so many options to treat PMDD there are still so many women struggling to find relief and a way to ease their symptoms each cycle.

There are many Facebook groups helping raise awareness as well as provide support for women suffering PMDD as well as partners living with a PMDD sufferer as they also need support and understanding eg:

www.facebook.com/groups/293355761069826/?ref=br_rs

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GAFSupport/?ref=br_rs

www.facebook.com/groups/PMDDinfo/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1907756439493987/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/221167364698897/?ref=br_rs

Here is a link to a blog post regarding this episode and PMDD fighters having their say : https://whatsmommythinking.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/to-the-doctors-this-is-not-okay/

The Gia Allemand Foundation is also a valuable resource and support system.

(The Gia Allemand Foundation (formerly the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a not-for-profit organization providing support and resources for those affected by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME), and female suicidal ideation. We aim to improve the quality of women's lives through awareness, education, outreach, and recovery. )

www.facebook.com/GiaAllemandFDN/

Please if you feel you have PMDD go and speak to a healthcare professional or contact someone such as the Gia Allemand Foundation for further information.

You are not alone, you are a fighter and somehow you will get through this.

 



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