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PMDD Can Be Mistaken For Bipolar Disorder, & It’s Hugely Misunderstood – Bustle

Monday, 11 September, 2017

PMDD Can Be Mistaken For Bipolar Disorder, & It’s Hugely Misunderstood – Bustle

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) could be described as an extremely severe form of PMS, but that doesn’t really paint a proper picture of life with PMDD. While it’s true that PMS and PMDD share many of the same symptoms — moodiness, increased appetite, cravings, fatigue, cramps, pain, brain fog, and depression — the two conditions vary in many ways. Although a whopping 85 percent of menstruating women deal with PMS, only about 5 percent of menstruating women suffer from PMDD. Further, while I’ll be the first to say that PMS sucks super hard, PMDD interferes with women’s lives in much bigger ways. PMDD is deeply misunderstood, and there are plenty of things that you've probably never heard about PMDD that you need to know.

Not only does PMDD come with mood swings that are severe enough to mimic those of bipolar disorder, it appears that all of the symptoms of PMDD are severe enough to mimic those of other major mental disorders — such as borderline personality disorder and PTSD. And like those who experience major depression, people with PMDD often experience thoughts of suicide, which means PMDD can literally be life-threatening. What’s more is, recent research from the National Institutes of Health suggests that PMDD might be genetic — which is actually a good thing, because now physicians will have to start taking the condition more seriously.

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/pmdd-can-be-mistaken-for-bipolar-disorder-its-hugely-misunderstood-2302500

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