PMDD: a life-threatening mental illness

5 Responses

  1. Rose says:

    Thank you for writing this. I’ve have PMDD and went on birth control to manage the suicidal ideation I’d have about – you said it – ten days before my period. It was hell. I was taking all my bipolar meds but I was experiencing some of the worst depression of my life. I got scared that I’d act on the ideation so I went to my gyno and begged for relief.

    She put me on hormonal birth control and holy hell did my life change (for the better). I could function again, I could live again, and I didn’t have those thoughts anymore.

    For me, I don’t have a lot of physical pain. It’s just a shitton of mental pain and instability. I’m so happy that the birth control worked for me.

  2. Wow. This is extremely informative. I had heard of PMDD before but didn’t know the particulars. Thanks!

  3. Victoria Lowery says:

    I had no idea that this was a thing. All I can really say is thank you for writing this

  4. Prudence says:

    Thank you for bringing attention to this life-threatening condition. All too frequently, doctors dismiss people who struggle with the psychological effects of hormone fluctuations as just being overly emotional. By writing about your experience you have likely helped a number of people realize that they should be taken seriously and that there are treatments available.

  5. Trix says:

    Especially during Covid–where there’s so much exacerbation and overlap of physical and emotional symptoms –this is really important information for people to have. I’ve always resisted the medications you mentioned out of fear of side effects, so it’s good to know that those aren’t a given…

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