Our expert says:
I agree with you, this is not funny. The way you describe it, I think it could be Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a severe form of PMS. There is a strong hereditary factor.
Diagnosis: taken from article from American Academy of family physicians:
In most menstrual cycles during the past year, five (or more) of the following symptoms were present for most of the time during the last week before menstration, began to remit within a few days after the onset of the mensturation, and were absent in the week postmenses, with at least one of the symptoms being either (1), (2), (3), or (4):
Markedly depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, or self-deprecating thoughts
Marked anxiety, tension, feelings of being "keyed up" or "on edge"
Marked affective lability (e.g., feeling suddenly sad or tearful or increased sensitivity to rejection)
Persistent and marked anger or irritability or increased interpersonal conflicts
Decreased interest in usual activities (e.g., work, school, friends, hobbies)
Subjective sense of difficulty in concentrating
Lethargy, easy fatigability, or marked lack of energy
Marked change in appetite,
A subjective sense of being overwhelmed or out of control
Other physical symptoms, such as breast tenderness or swelling, headaches, joint or muscle pain, a sensation of "bloating," or weight gain
The disturbance markedly interferes with work or school or with usual social activities and relationships with others
A symptom-free period during the earlier phase of the menstrual cycle is essential in differentiating PMDD from preexisting anxiety and mood disorders.
It is possibly caused by altered sensitivity in the serotonin system in the brain in response to fluctuations in female hormones.
According to research, Fluoxetine works better than Talomil and is actually registered for this indication.
You can also try to take the following supplements:
Vit E 600 iu per day
Magnesium 500 mg per day
Calcium 1000 mg per day
Vit B 6 100 mg per day
L-tryptophan 6 mg per day
Avoid too much salt, caffeien, nicotine and alcohol.
Light therapy also helps
I would strongly advise you to see a psychiatrist to help you with this - you can't help that your brain transmitters is over reacting to hormones but the right treatment may give you much relief!
Let me know how you are and whether a change of medication and adding supplements made a difference ?
(Reference : http://www.aafp.org/afp/20021001/1239.html - if you want to take with to the psychiatrist)
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