Here are the symptoms that make up the diagnosis of PMDD. All of the symptoms do not need to be present, and they may vary from month to month. At least 5 are required to make the diagnosis, including at least one of the first four.*
Very depressed mood, feeling hopeless
Marked anxiety, tension, edginess
Sudden mood shifts (crying easily, extreme sensitivity)
Persistent, marked irritability, anger, increased conflicts
Loss of interest in usual activities (work, school, socializing, etc.)
Difficulty concentrating and staying focused
Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy
Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings
Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
Physical symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness or swelling, headache, and muscle or joint aches and pains
I HAVE ALL OF THE SYMPTOMS LISTED! NOT JUST A FEW.
I was on Zoloft for anxiety/depression and it was supposed to help with PMDD. Before that I was on Lexapro. Now my doctor wants to switch me to Prozac. I'm not really wanting to do so. I'm going to try once again to eat healthy, exercise and focus on yoga and other stress reducing methods before I go trying a different medicine. However, my life is so out-of-sorts and I feel like this is going to be a bad month. My poor family....
Back to therapy I go. This time it's with a psychiatrist who can monitor my medication. Previously, talk therapy was good enough. Now it's not.
Wish me luck on the next step of my journey...
(me getting stronger)