I was diagnosed with PMDD about 10yrs ago and I was treated with Prozac. It did help, then 6yrs ago a complete hysterectomy and my doctor took me off the meds, because he felt like I didn't need them any more. Then 2yrs later, completely fell off the normal plain and into anxiety dark hole. But meds and therapy have helped tremendously. Good luck.
I tried to handle my symptoms with meditation, yoga, eating right, exercise, talk therapy, behavioral therapy, etc. However, my anxiety kept growing and manifested as a crying emotional mess, total bitchiness, and impatience that was affecting my marriage, ability to do my job, as well as my patience with my toddler.
I was diagnosed with PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) which is a specialized form of anxiety. Now that I track my moods I see that I am consistently crazy 2 weeks out of the month and the rest of the time I am "normal."
I am on meds to control the symptoms of this disorder because meditation, behavioral therap, etc. don't do the trick.
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I also find that I have more tendicy to have more anxiety around my period. It stems from hormones being out of wack even more around that time of the month. I am not 100% sure what you can do about it....would be interested to see what others are doing about it.
Well, I don't wanna seem like the drughead in the bunch, but that's what I do. I take a Lorazepam. If I don't, I might hurt somebody. Multi-symptom Pamprin works pretty good, too. But yeah, I know what you mean. Other people can tell you that your period is coming just based on your behavior, and even THAT makes you irritated.
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I love coloring. I don't do it that much. Mostly scrapbooking now. I have empathetic pms, from my daughters. When they are having it, they drive me absolutely bonkers and make me very very anxious and nervous. I usually, occupy my time away from them during that time, as much as I can.
Yeah I would have to say that mine goes up. I can go from crying, to being a not nice person, to whatever. I asked my dr about it and some others who deal with stuff like this and they said yeah it is normal. I guess that made me feel better.
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Hi, It defiantly affects my anxiety and mood. I was on depo shots and that controlled it but they took me off them because of weight gain and it is back. It gives the phrase PMSing a whole new meaning when you are dealing with anxiety.
I would agree. Because the body is controlled by hormones for everything, when they are unbalanced or out of sorts, it most definately causes issues. It amazes me how much our hormones (not just pms) but all of them effect everything. I personally am free of (PMS...etc)only due to surgery, but I have to use a hormone replacement patch and when I miss changing it or forget one, I am definately WAY out of sorts. My poor husband, when he sees my emotions and moods start to roller coaster, he goes down the list, "did you change your patch...did you take your meds".
I would recommend calendaring it, that way you can prepare ahead of time. Like not planning anything to overwhelming, like trips or therapy session etc.. There are lots of over the counters meds to help. If you are a birth control user, I would recommend YAZ, it works great for my daughter, it helps with the Premenstral Disphyoric Disorder, (PMDD). I used to take prozac to help my PMDD. But after surgery, I didn't need it as much. Anyway, hope that helps.
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I have a question... do any of you girls feel that your anxiety levels goes way up before your period? Because mine gets incredible high... sometimes I don't recognize myself, I get extremely anxious and emotional; it's really hard to deal sometimes.
What do you do about it?
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