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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Therapy

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Navigating PMDD: Your Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Managing Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

  • Are you caught in a relentless cycle of emotions each month, questioning if "this time it will be different"? 
  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by the intense emotional and physical symptoms that come with PMDD? 
  • Do you find yourself struggling to maintain your daily routines, relationships, and professional life during certain times of the month? 
  • Are you tired of feeling like your life is dictated by your cycle, leaving you helpless against the tides of your emotions? 
  • Are you seeking a way to feel more in control, less isolated, and genuinely understood? 

You're not alone in this challenging journey known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a condition filled with intense emotional upheavals that can deeply affect your mood, relationships, and daily life. 

What is PMDD?

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a cyclical, hormone-based mood disorder with symptoms showing up during the premenstrual, or luteal phase of the menstrual cycle and subsiding within a few days of menstruation. It affects 8-10% women during their reproductive years. While it was initially thought as a “hormonal imbalance”, recent studies show that symptoms of PMDD are our bodies reaction to natural rise and fall of the estrogen and progesterone and it has been noted that childbirth, menopause,  perimenopause may intensify these symptoms. Individuals with PMDD are at an increased risk for suicide and suicidal behavior. PMDD is not caused by sexual trauma, or sexual intercourse.#

 Symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Mood/emotional changes
  • Irritability, anger, or increased interpersonal conflict
  • Depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, feeling worthless or guilty
  • Anxiety, tension, or feelings of being keyed up or on edge
  • Decreased interest in usual activities (e.g., work, school, friends, hobbies)
  • Difficulty concentrating, focusing, or thinking; brain fog
  • Tiredness or low-energy
  • Changes in appetite, food cravings, overeating, or binge eating
  • Hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness) or insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep)
  • Feeling overwhelmed or out of control
  • Physical symptoms such as breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, bloating or weight gain

Contrary to common misconception, PMDD is not PMS. While PMS is more common among women and symptoms are more easily controlled and treated, PMDD symptoms are present during luteal phase of a woman’s cycle mildly to severely affecting women’s lives.

What is PMDD Treatment?

At Realms of Life Counseling, I offer a beacon of hope for individuals grappling with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), offering a profound and transformative avenue for healing and management.  Effectively managing PMDD involves a comprehensive treatment plan that includes psychotherapy, lifestyle changes, naturopathic care, and specialized medical support. Mindfulness Based Therapy as well as Ego State Therapy for instance, provides coping mechanisms and aids in altering negative thought patterns. Lifestyle tweaks, such as engaging in regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and practicing mindfulness, can significantly reduce symptoms. In certain situations, medications or hormonal therapies become necessary, emphasizing the importance of consulting with an OB/GYN well-versed in PMDD. 

Through personalized therapeutic strategies, psychotherapy addresses the emotional and psychological facets of PMDD, fostering resilience, understanding, and coping mechanisms. This approach is not just about symptom management but delving into the root causes, enabling you to reclaim their sense of self and improve you quality of life. 

Why is symptom tracking important in PMDD Treatment?

The importance of tracking PMDD symptoms cannot be overstated, as it empowers  you to identify patterns, triggers, and the effectiveness of treatment strategies. By maintaining a detailed symptom diary, you and I can collaboratively analyze data, refine therapeutic approaches, and tailor interventions that resonate with your  unique experiences. This meticulous tracking facilitates a deeper understanding of the disorder, enhances self-awareness, and significantly contributes to the therapy's effectiveness. 

 At Realms of Life, I integrate these insights into our practice, ensuring that every treatment plan is informed, empathetic, and precisely aligned with our your needs while I also collaborate with your providers; if you are in need of MDs trained in PMDD treatment, I will provide you with the best MDs from Naturopathic MDs to GYN care to Primary Care who will listen, honor your needs. My  commitment to understanding and addressing PMDD through psychotherapy and symptom tracking underscores my dedication to your well being, paving the way for lasting relief and empowerment and not just "coping" with PMDD symptoms. 

Elevate Your PMDD Treatment

Embark on a journey towards healing and empowerment with us. If you're navigating the challenges of PMDD, know that you're not alone. I invite you to reach out and explore how psychotherapy can transform your life. Let's work together to understand your unique experiences and tailor a therapy plan that brings you relief and resilience. Connect with me today and take the first step towards reclaiming your well being and joy. 

Your brighter days are ahead—let us guide you there

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