Recognizing the seriousness of extreme PMS is the first step to treatment, advises Dr. Harrington
A recent article published in Vitals by Daye features CU’s Dr. Lauren Harrington who speaks about premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of PMS that affects up to 5% of women. In the article, Dr. Harrington discusses the symptoms, causes and treatments and provides valuable insights and advice for women who may be struggling with the condition.
“We know that both hormones from the ovaries as well as neurotransmitters in the brain are at play,” says Dr. Harrington. “Throughout the menstrual cycle, the ovaries produce varying levels of estrogen and progesterone and, for reasons we do not yet understand, individuals with PMDD have an exaggerated or pathologic response to these hormone changes.”
One of the key points highlighted in the article is the serious nature of this disorder and the importance of recognizing the symptoms of PMDD and seeking professional help. Many women may dismiss their symptoms as normal PMS, but PMDD is a serious and potentially debilitating condition that can affect a woman’s mental and physical health.
In the article, Dr. Harrington notes that there are several treatment options available for women with PMDD, including medication, therapy and lifestyle changes. The best approach will depend on the individual’s symptoms and circumstances and may involve a combination of treatments by their OB-GYN.