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Churchill's Black Dog and PMS

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I've been fighting the good fight against fatigue, mood swings, insomnia, cravings, and breakouts. A quick glance at the calendar tells me that it is time, yet again, for this month's edition of PMS: The Revenge! and yet somehow this seems to sneak up on me most of the time. I feel as though the symptoms have become markedly worse over the past 5-6 years, and perhaps that's normal. But I'm not going to take it laying down.

Sometimes you just have to fight with the mutt. I'm fighting back with lots of water, fruit, calcium, vitamins, leafy greens, and nuts. Trying to stave off the bad feelings (and to be kind to myself) while still getting some work done, even though it feels like a long, tired slog.

Churchill famously suffered from clinical depression, which he called his "black dog." Some historians have described this as being a characteristic that may have helped him to have a different (and obviously successful) perspective about leading England through WWII. Perhaps this helps one to take time for self-care, reflection, and the building of inner reserves of strength.

How do you (or have you) dealt with PMS and related symptoms that feel like fatigue, depression, mood swings, cravings, etc? Any suggestions?

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HILLSLUG98239 5/22/2013 4:33PM

    Years ago, I was diagnosed with PMS. My doctor prescribed a high dose of B-6. Ultimately, I was treated for depression, but the B-6 did help with the symptoms specific to PMS. (But don't take my word for it - do some research first.)

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