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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

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Question: Has anyone ever experienced premenstrual dysphoric disorder PMDD, and how was it treated? I already know I suffer from PMS, but sometimes my symptoms seem to go off the deep end. I fight more with my husband. I get depressed. I know these symptoms go along with my cycle. I've watched it. Is this something I can talk to my OBGYN about, or do I need to go to a psychiatrist?

Answer: There are 3 broad approaches to treating PMDD. While most experts recommend a combination of all 3, there have been no scientific studies to determine if combination treatment is really the best approach. It is likely that the best approach or combination of approaches will vary from woman to woman based on things like symptom severity and which symptoms are most troublesome. Here are the 3 approaches with some examples of each: Medications - including antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, analgesics, hormones and diuretics. Psychobehavioral - including exercise and psychotherapies (cognitive-behavioral, coping skills training, relaxation). Nutritional - including diet modification, vitamins, minerals and herbal preparations.

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