Treating PMDD

Help With PMDD Mood Changes

Posted on: February 10, 2011

The most alarming aspect of PMDD is the severe changes in mood that can turn women from caring mothers, loving partners, and friendly colleagues into raging, irritable, crying, and depressed wrecks. This is shocking for those around them but is nothing compared to the mental and emotional anguish that the women herself must go through every single month like clockwork! It is no wonder so many women need help with PMDD mood changes to keep a measure of stability in their lives.

Firstly lets look at WHY these mood changes occur. The exact science of this is still a little murky but what is known is that the mood regulators in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine that make us feel happier and more in control are not working as optimally as they should during the last week or so of the menstrual cycle. This has very strong links to the hormonal changes of a woman’s body during this time and women with PMDD have a huge problem with hormones where the entire internal system goes crazy! Severely unbalances hormones not only lead to this mood regulation problem but can also show in other ways such as the physical symptoms of headaches, cramps, aches and pains and even other conditions such as PCOS.

So what can we do to help with these mood problems?

Drugs – There are so many drugs on the market that help with depression, anxiety, and general irritability. I cannot deny that they work, and doctors are quick to prescribe them because of this. However they are short term solutions that do not stop the mood changes occurring. They will simply mask the problem for a short time and are also prone to give you further nasty side effects!

Herbal Remedies – There are a number of herbs and vitamins that are very beneficial in helping the body to overcome mood disorders. There are more preferable than drugs as they do not have the same side effects while still producing very good results.

Exercise – A good workout session (one where you push yourself a fair bit!) is not only good for your body, but also for your mind. Your body produces mood enhancing endorphins when you exercise which last for a decent length of time and have many flow on effects to helping control hormone levels as well.

Stress Reduction – While PMDD causes you a lot of stress, stress fills your body with a hormone called cortisol which is one of the main reasons PMDD and other hormonal issues come about. Stress reduction is a huge part of ending PMDD and giving help for PMDD mood changes. There are many ways to do this, medication, exercise, even eating right. But more importantly it takes a shift in thinking that can stop you worrying about everything so much.

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