I wanted to talk a bit about PMDD.
Firstly, I dont understand why girls are not educated more about hormones, PMS, PMDD, PMT etc….It can be such a massive part of our lives but yet we are told absolutely nothing about this when we are younger. We need to start educating girls on their mental and physical health from an early age and not just brush over it. I’m not sure if sex education is better now in schools but when I was in school, I didn’t even get a sex education talk. I went to a convent school so it was never talked about.
After researching it this is what I found, I have copied part of the following from different websites I found.
What Is PMDD?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
PMDD is a condition similar to PMS that also happens in the week or two before your period starts as hormone levels begin to fall after ovulation. PMDD causes more severe symptoms than PMS, including severe depression, irritability, and tension.
Symptoms of PMDD include:
- Lasting irritability or anger that may affect other people
- Feelings of sadness or despair, or even thoughts of suicide
- Feelings of tension or anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Mood swings or crying often
- Lack of interest in daily activities and relationships
- Trouble thinking or focusing
- Tiredness or low energy
- Food cravings or binge eating
- Trouble sleeping
- Feeling out of control
- Physical symptoms, such as cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, and joint or muscle pain
I can honestly say, Yes, I feel all of these for at least 2 weeks of every single month and it is very tiring to deal with. I am constantly having to talk myself down. I am always telling myself, this is not how you really feel and it will pass. I was thinking yesterday, Is it normal to think what would the world be like without me in it, if I left would it be easier for others as I wouldn’t be such a burden. It wouldn’t be any great loss as I haven’t really achieved anything I wanted to in my life. I really haven’t made my parents proud of anything I’ve done. Yep, I really do have horrible thoughts sometimes, but I constantly tell myself this will pass and it always does.
Even thought I do believe some of those dark thoughts, I know it’s never too late to achieve what I want to in my life. I hopefully have at least another 40 years to do so but sometimes it’s just so hard. I have worked so hard over my life and I always feel I have achieved so little and then when PMDD kicks in, everything seems 1000 times worse.
Covid has definitely made everything harder, at least when I had a job I was working so much I didn’t really have time to have such negative thoughts, they were more just passing thoughts, where as now, they sit with me for longer and much harder to shake off. Even though I haven’t yet been diagnosed by my gynecologist I really feel I am suffering with PMDD and now along with my fibro and all that, I am going to try and figure this out too.
I just ordered some stuff from iHerb- Natural Factors, WomenSense, EstroSense, Hormone Balancing and Natural Factors, Womensense, Vitex Chasteberry Extract. I read some reviews about both these products so I am hoping they will help with balancing out the emotions. I dont have a clue how to help with the PMDD so I am just trying as much as possible. I will keep exercising because that always helps, ALWAYS!!!! Cycling is my thing at the moment and I cant get enough of it, I generally do between 10 km & 16km a day and that will get up to 20km today probably 🙂 and I always feel so great after it but that feeling doesn’t last the whole day and it can get darker pretty quickly so I try to keep myself as busy as possible. I really try very hard not to get sucked into a dark cloud because it will affect everyone around me and I dont want that to happen. I never want to set a dark tone in the home, I like our home to be light and full of love which can be very hard but I just have to talk to myself again and remember how I want to set the tone and kick myself to put a pep in my step ❤
Let’s start a conversation and help each other as much as we can. It has been a very hard year, so let’s stick together and try figure this out!
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