Wednesday, March 13, 2013

a serious post

so i'm just gonna put it out there..
all women struggle with pms right?
you know, when you turn into a biotch for about a week prior to aunt flow visiting...

well have you ever heard of pmdd, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder?

i had heard of it on birth control commercials, but never in a million years did i think that i would have something like that.  that is, up until a couple months ago.

i noticed that i started feeling very "down" about 2 weeks before i started my period.  i didn't wanna do anything, i didn't care what i looked like, i cried, picked fights with my husband, and basically turned into a royal you know what!

it was miserable!  i also had some major female issues (that we won't talk about on here).
and that wasn't the only symptoms.
i had panic attacks. couldn't concentrate at work, and my face broke out so bad i could have put those girls on the proactive commercials to shame.
 
something was not right so i did what my husband suggested and made a doctors appointment.
 
i felt so stupid going in there telling her that my pms symptoms were out of control.  most people would just deal with pms, but i couldn't "deal" anymore!
 
i explained my symptoms to her and she immediately knew what it was!  pmdd.
in other words a very severe case of pms...
 
she prescribed me with zoloft which is a mild anti depressant.
it's been about 2 months and i have to say that i can definitely tell a difference.
i'm not a crazy hormonal witch as much anymore.  i still have my moments, but not as bad.

what is the purpose of this post you ask?  to inform women that this is actually a serious condition, and if not treated correctly it can lead to mental issues, and depression.

75% of women experience pms symptoms, but only 5% experience pmdd.
it's not very common, but it is something to be aware of.

symptoms of pmdd
  1. very depressed mood, feeling hopeless
  2. marked anxiety, tension, edginess
  3. sudden mood shifts (crying easily, extreme sensitivity)
  4. persistent, marked irritability, anger, increased conflicts
  5. loss of interest in usual activities (work, school, socializing, etc.)
  6. difficulty concentrating and staying focused
  7. fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy
  8. marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings
  9. insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
  10. feeling out of control or overwhelmed
  11. physical symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness or swelling, headache, and muscle or joint aches and pains

for more information you can visit http://www.pmdd.factsforhealth.org/what/symptoms.asp.

so to conclude my "serious" post i want to ask all my followers to say a quick prayer for me.  i've been very overwhelmed recently.  and i know that it has alot to do with pmdd, and also with work (and being gone for 4 days).
 i don't deal well with anxiety and stress, and i could use a prayer or two to get me through the work week :-)

happy hump day loves!
 



2 comments:

  1. First off, I'm so glad to hear that you sought help and are feeling better!!

    This post DOES give me pause to think about my own situation though... I got off the pill a whole year ago (because I was so over taking a daily prescription that kept my body from a natural thing) after being on it for TEN YEARS. This year has been rough on me. Every month I get VERY emotional. I get VERY irritated. My face breaks out. I have VERY bad cramps... Things I NEVER EVER had while on the pill (I wonder if I was just an emotional zombie for ten years compared to the emotions I have now??) But lately... My anxiety and "ability to deal" have been pretty poor. It lasts a day or two and then I'm back to being me. I'm definitely going to mark and watch my BAD days from now on.

    Thanks for shining light on a not so fun topic!

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  2. I'm so glad I read this post, I've actually been thinking about writing one of my own. I've had the worst PMS since the time I was in like, 6th grade, with horrible bouts of anxiety and depression. A few years ago I went to see a new doctor who gave me a prescription for a medication I take 2 weeks a month. I don't like taking a lot of medications, but it has helped a lot. I'm glad to hear you've had success with the Zoloft. Great post!

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