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So, I know that I suffer from pretty severe PMS..but lately I have been wondering if I might have PMDD. I plan on talking to my doctor next visit about the terrible moodiness and depression I feel right after ovulation. It follows a consistent pattern and sometimes is so horrible I can't function... I hate it!
I dont really know what I can do to treat it but I am hoping he will have some suggestions. I have a slight tendency to depression outside of PMS but it def gets HORRIBLE after O.
Do you have any issues like this? How do you handle it? Any suggestions?
"That special power of loving that belongs to a woman is seen most clearly when she becomes a mother. Motherhood is the gift of God to women". - Mother Teresa.
Mine is always the week leading up to AF. It's miserable.. I find that exercise is the only thing that helps. I have tried meds (anti anxiety, anti depression) that don't do anything for me. Just staying busy and active helps me! Eating cleaner helps too. I know it sounds cliche or dumb- but really that's for me at least!
I had that for a little while, and then it suddenly went away. I finally figured out that I could take a small dose of Zoloft during that time and it kicked it. Somehow it works differently than other anti-depressants... Plus it's supposedly safe during pregnancy.. but I just recently saw an ad on tv where there is some lawsuit against Zoloft about birth defects.. so I dunno now.. Exercise helps too, but I know how hard it is to do when you're already in that "depressed" mood. I have a rather long history of depression. I hope you figure something out!
I suspected that I was experiencing pmdd a few years ago. I noticed that about a week before AF, I felt a sense of doom, even if everything was fine. For me, just noticing the correlation between the feelings and the timing helped. I was able to rationalize with myself better and understand why I was feeling that way. I used to be heavy into journaling, and it was always good to get my feelings on paper. That also gave me an even clearer picture of when I was experiencing the anxiety and depression. And Maggie is right - exercise is such a big stress reliever! When I was regularly working out, I felt my spirits were more even and positive.
I'm sorry you are going through this - I know it can be awful! Definitely discuss your concerns with your dr and get some feedback.