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How I Dealt With PMDD Naturally

I used to experience debilitating PMDD. Then I made some lifestyle changes, and my symptoms have reduced dramatically.


Do you have a uterus? Do the days or even weeks leading up to your period feel like an actual nightmare and go beyond what the average woman experiences? If yes, then you might have Pre-Menstural Dysphoric Disorder, or PMDD.

There are many resources out there on the Internet about PMDD. But if you're anything like me then you may find it even more valuable to read about someone else's personal account of an issue you're dealing with yourself. So come along for the ride. My article is a bit on the long side, but my hope is that my experience may help you in some way. There are of course many other ways to help ease the symptoms of PMDD, but these are the specific steps I've taken that have helped me dramatically.

What Is PMDD?

Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder has recently been recognized officially as a psychological disorder. If you experience five or more of the first 10 symptoms during two weeks or less leading up to your period, and find that the symptoms prevent or inhibit you from functioning in your day to day activities, then you most likely suffer from this condition. However, as with any health issue it is always important to see your doctor!

  • Depressed mood
  • Irritable and angry
  • Suicidal
  • Poor concentration
  • Anxious
  • Easily confused
  • Low energy
  • Generally feeling out of control
  • Food cravings and/or an increased appetite
  • Can't sleep or desire to sleep too much
  • Sore breasts
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain

When my PMDD was at its worst, several years ago, my personal experiences each month would include crying non-stop for hours until I couldn't open my eyes properly, snapping at my partner and taking things extremely personally, feeling completely hopeless and lost, thoughts of wanting to just end my life because of how I was feeling, not able to concentrate at work, scattered thoughts, and feelings of confusion.

The very good news is that since working on all kinds of aspects of my life associated with my mental and physical health, it often doesn't feel like I have PMDD anymore...and maybe I don't.


Available Treatments

When I consulted my doctor in regards to PMDD, she suggested I go on anti-depressants. For someone who has been on medication for her mental state before, the idea of having to deal with the side-effects associated with anti-depressants just made me feel all the more upset.

So I decided I wanted to treat my PMDD "naturally", without medication.

Perhaps for some of you, medication may be necessary and there is absolutely nothing wrong with making that choice. What works for one person may not work for another.


1. Be Conscious of What You Eat Without Obsessing

I've gone through all kinds of food phases: low carb, high "good fat," no gluten. Yes, it is absolutely important to be conscious of what you eat, but don't let it take away from the joy and quality of your life!

These days I eat vegetarian foods and then mostly vegan during my period. This has has a positive impact on my general health, including my PMDD, because foods like dairy and meat can actually make PMDD and menstrual cramping much worse.

You don't have to go vegan or vegetarian—please don't stress about that. Simply cutting back on meat and dairy will help a lot though. Have fun with trying out vegetarian and vegan foods or cooking them at home. You will find that the range of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes opens up another world of eating and you may find that you don't need to rely on meat and dairy as much.

Through my own experimenting and research, I've created some lists below, which keep in mind the importance of protein, iron, and fibre. These considerations are especially important if you are cutting back on meat and dairy, or taking them out all together.

Eat lots of these:

  • All kinds of fruits, especially when in season. The fibre and natural sugars will keep you satisfied and not craving processed sweets. Berries in particular pack a punch with vitamins and feel good nutrients.
  • Vegetables, especially beets, sweet potato, spinach, kale, carrots, tomatoes (I know it's a fruit but yeah here it is sorry), cauliflower, capsicum, broccoli, peas, edamame (soy beans)
  • Nuts, especially macadamia, cashews, almonds, peanuts.
  • Avocados. Yes, I didn't put them in with nuts or fruit because I don't know where they belong! And also, they deserves their own section because they are that good for you. Seriously. They have oodles of good fats in them which are very important for your mental health.
  • Chia seeds for protein and fibre.
  • Quinoa for protein, iron, fibre and magnesium.
  • Hemp seeds for protein and omega fatty acids.
  • Brown or wild rice.
  • Sauces and flavourings: tamari, pickled vegetables (without added sugar), vinegar, turmeric, ginger, miso paste/soup.
  • Goji berries for their high iron content, immune boosting properties and complex carb goodness.
  • Beautiful fresh herbs like coriander, basil and thyme.
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Eat some of these:

  • Wholegrain breads like dark rye, pure wholemeal, or bonus points if you can have either of those as a sourdough.
  • Pastas or noodles made with buckwheat or pure wholemeal flour.
  • Tofu.
  • Dried fruits like dates, sultanas, apricots, and mangos.
  • Chickpeas.
  • Lentils.
  • Beans.
  • Cacao powder.

Eat minimally or cut out if you feel you can:

  • Meat.
  • Dairy and eggs.
  • Coffee and highly caffeinated drinks (these drain your adrenals making you more prone to tiredness, a PMDD symptom).
  • Sugary drinks and sodas.
  • Anything very high in sugar.
  • Fried foods.
  • White bread and pasta.

Let's talk about fat.

Don't get roped in to the myth of buying everything labeled as "fat-free," or thinking that lowering your fat intake is a healthy choice. By all means, cut down on "bad" fatty foods like fried donuts, cheesy, meaty, take-away pizzas, fried chicken, and such. But your body actually needs fat to survive! Eating a low-fat diet can also increase the likelihood of experiencing depression. So try increasing the amount of "good" fats you consume, such as avocados, nuts, olive oil, and natural yoghurt.

A few tips:

  • Try to replace milk chocolate with dark chocolate that has 60% or more cocoa content. This means you get way more benefits of the cocoa (yes, cocoa is very good for you) and there will be less sugar too.
  • I have also found that checking out blogs online which focus on healthy eating and cooking are quite helpful. Better yet, why not try Pinterest? You can search for hundreds of healthy recipes and meal ideas and then pin (bookmark) for later reference. I find that the beautiful photography of all the different food ideas can really keep your motivation going!
  • If you eat meat, it is recommended to cut back to 4 meals per week and to keep it lean (of course!).
  • Please, please, please still have fun with your food! Splurge a couple of times a week on a meal or treat you enjoy. This is just as important as generally being conscious of what you eat.
  • Give all kinds of cuisines a go, you will be surprised about how many healthy and vegetarian options each of these have: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Ethiopian . . . you name it, baby.

2. Move That Sweet Body of Yours

We were born to use these bodies we find ourselves in. Sitting all day in chairs and trains and cars is just not natural.

Regular exercise has been scientifically proven to actually reduce symptoms of depression and women who do keep up some kind of exercise routine seem to have less complaints about their monthly cycle. I am living proof of this. When I don't stay active, I absolutely pay for it.

The key here though is to choose an exercise activity you enjoy. Obvious, I know, but it's true! It's also important to not push yourself too hard either, especially if you haven't exercised for a while. Let it build up over a couple of months before doing anything too intense.

Here are some fun exercise ideas:

  • brisk walking
  • aerobic class (or at home by watching on youtube)
  • any kind of dance class like hip hop, jazz ballet, belly dancing (or again you can do this from home by watching youtube videos)
  • bush walking
  • hula hooping
  • turning on music really loud and dancing like a mad woman at home
  • "no lights no lycra" dance sessions (do a google search on this!)
  • bike riding
  • trampolining
  • yoga
  • rollerblading
  • gymnastics
  • jogging
  • swimming
  • partner dance classes (like rock and roll, swing, don't have to take anyone either as there will usually be single people there)
  • pole dancing classes
  • burlesque dancing classes
  • pilates
  • martial arts
  • kick boxing
  • strength training
  • intense gardening, sweeping, vacuuming (for an hour or so)

With a list as long as that, you don't really have much of an excuse, especially considering lots of them are for free. See if you can do an activity like one (or many) of the above at least 2 to 3 times per week.

Also just as importantly, aim to go for a half hour walk every single day. Whether this is part of your commute to work or something you do after dinner.

Even simple things like standing up on your commute to work can all add up. Just think of your body as something to move and use....not drag around.


3. Address Any Psychological Issues

Even though I can be quite bubbly and happy, I'm also a naturally depressive and anxious person at times.

Luckily, I have always been a very introspective person so am constantly taking steps to improve the way I think and react. I've also become my own hero by stopping myself from slipping in to that dark place I used to so often go to.

As with lots of people, I had a very difficult childhood and have also faced incredibly traumatic experiences in my adult life. It's taken many years of therapy, reading, self-inquiry and nights screaming at the moon (yes, that's happened) . . . but I feel that thanks to my commitment to addressing my mental health issues, I have gotten to a much better place and my PMDD has taken the back seat.

I recommend finding a good therapist, someone you feel comfortable with and who provides honest but supportive feedback. This might take a bit of shopping around but it is absolutely worth it. Some countries also provide financial help in covering the costs of seeing a mental health specialist, so don't let money problems hinder your quest.


4. Be Social

Every time I make the effort to see a girlfriend, I feel so fulfilled and happy. There is something very unique about girl-to-girl conversation and interaction. There is a mutual understanding and freedom to talk about how we're feeling without the worry of coming across as "too much."

If you're in a relationship it's especially important to not rely on your partner entirely, be it for social, venting or advice purposes, even if he or she is supportive and doesn't complain. It gives you both some space and independence, as you don't want to be a couple so completely enmeshed that they can't remember who they were before they got together.

In this same vein, it's also important to give your partner the room to socialise with their own friends or spend time recharging on their own.

If you're single, being social is just as important (if not more so). To be able to laugh and cry with people you trust is pure nourishment for the soul.

Thank you for being a friend!

Thank you for being a friend!

5. If You're in a Relationship, Be Open About Your PMDD

Does your love know about your PMDD? Have a talk with them if you haven't yet. It's comforting to feel like you aren't alone in this monthly struggle and it will also help your partner feel less hurt or perplexed by your changing moods and frustrations.

It's also important to understand that there may be times when they have their own issues to deal with and can't always be there for you. Don't forget to check in with them and ask how they are. It's easy to get caught up in our symptoms and forget that other people suffer too.


6. Treat Yourself!

This one is easy: Do something at least once a week by yourself that you enjoy! Use this time to reconnect with who you are and put everyone else's needs aside for just an hour or so (or more if possible!).

Activities could include having a massage, going window shopping, visiting an art exhibition, taking a long hot bath, reading a book in a sunny spot in your local park, having a special breakfast/lunch/dinner out at a restaurant (don't be afraid to eat in a cafe or restaurant by yourself!), watch a movie, meditate, bake . . . whatever makes you happy.


7. Last But Not Least, Get Some Shut-Eye

I have a love affair with my bed, that is if I'm in a good phase of sleeping. I love sleep and dreams and feeling all cosy. But sometimes my bed can feel like a rectangle of sadness if my PMDD is playing up and taking away my ability to sleep properly.

Not sleeping properly can make you feel more aggravated, tired (duh), confused, and depressed. See if you can try some of my tips below to avoid this.

  • Take a high dose magnesium supplement an hour before you go to bed.
  • Avoid television and mobile/computer screens after 9 p.m. as the light emitted from these really mess with your sleep patterns.
  • Finish your nightly meal by 7 p.m.
  • Be tucked up in bed by 10 p.m., if you can
  • When trying to fall asleep, take slow deep breaths, counting backwards with each breath. I start at 60 and count down with each slow exhale. This gives your brain something to concentrate on while relaxing your entire body.
  • Wear some comfortable ear plugs. Can I emphasise comfortable? They need to be ones that mold to the shape of your ear canal. Once you put these babies in, you will feel so relaxed by the complete silence. It makes me feel like I'm in a safe little pod with no outside noises to frustrate me!
  • Don't have a clock visible! Counting how many hours of sleep you have left will only make you feel more anxious.

I Could Go On . . .

. . . and on about other changes I have been making, but I don't want you to feel bombarded. You will find little things to change along the way too, it all comes naturally when you start altering your life in a positive way.

Be patient with your new lifestyle, as your PMDD won't just disappear instantly (if only). It took a few months of me following through with my above suggestions before I saw a reduction in my monthly symptoms. But as I mentioned earlier, I can now safely say that my PMDD is pretty much in the past. This has however taken a couple of years of shifting, learning, and being aware.

I truly do hope this can help. Sending you oceans of love on your journey.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Kathryn R. on January 05, 2018:

Thank you for the wonderful and informative article I just read. I am looking forward to the next one, as I'm sure it will be as pertinent to my life as the last one.

CandyMilkshake on September 23, 2017:

Thank you so much for writing this. I just turned 27 and most of my life, I did not have any serious signs of PMS or PMDD- there were always little bit of irritation or cramps, but nothing out of ordinary.

For last one year, I have been having some symptoms of PMS as well as during my periods- being emotional, irritated, cramps etc but it was again nothing extreme. For the last few months, I have been having severe PMDD symptoms and most of them trigger from something that my boyfriend has done. He is extremely busy with school and very stressed too so I don't see or hear from him often. So every couple of weeks or so, I get upset at a small thing like him not checking up on me or calling me. Or him coming home extremely late after studying all day. And within a couple of days it piles up to a huge mountain. And then I would start crying like hell. It would not matter where I am-walking on the streets, in the library, It is so hard to control and stop my tears from coming. It feels like a monster has taken up on me and I feel like I cannot let these negative thoughts go away. I am mad at my boyfriend. I start doubting the relationship. I feel alone as hell as all my close friends and family are far away. And then if he is around, I will cry some more or he will catch me crying. He will calm me down and ask what happened. And I am mostly unable and ashamed to admit the petty things that are bothering me. I would still admit to a few things. We will talk and I will be happy and fine in a few hours or after a good night's sleep. I will promise myself to be more understanding of his situation. But it seeps in again after a few weeks. I have noticed that it happens around the time I am ovulating and 2-3 days before my periods. On the second day of my period and upto 7-10 days, I feel much better and relaxed. But its a cycle and this darkness creeps up again specially if I don't see my boyfriend for a couple of days or something irritates me about him.

I have always been a very optimistic and independent person. Even if I didn't have friends to hangout with, I would binge watch shows and never found the need to rely on someone. But I have been depressed in this new place as my school and social life is not very fulfilling and I find it hard to cope despite trying hard to make friends and challenging myself with new things. I thought with my boyfriend (who I was with in a long distance relationship for one year) when he would come here, it would become better. But it has worsened. I have been seeing a counselor but not regularly. In my last conversation, she asked if I want to consider anti-depressants. I have been thinking about it but I am very scared. I just don't want to rely on them all my life. But maybe after discussion with my counselor and adopting some of these healthy tips, I can ease out the problem.

Roxanne on September 07, 2017:

Thank you so much for posting this. Not only do I feel like I have a couple more tools I can use to combat the symptoms of my PMDD but your article has let me know that I AM NOT ALONE! PMS and PMDD are real, however, seem to still be taboo. Many people have a "get over it" attitude about these disorders and seem to think they just come along with being a woman. I thought this at first as well and was so sad in thinking I would just "have to deal with it" for my lifetime. Now I know better.

Thank you so much.

Grisel on August 25, 2017:

Thank you for this!!! I have had pmdd for a while and just haven't gotten my ass up to do anything about it :/. I am Now though, just got into so many petty fights yesterday because I can't control my rage. Life is too precious to waste it throwing tantrums like I do before my period.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on August 20, 2017:

How come you don't have anyone to hang out with? I only ask so I can understand your situation.

RainForestCloud on August 14, 2017:

Your advice is all well and good however, it's hard to be social when you have no one to hang out with, and when you really are craving sugar, popping vitamin b doesn't always do the trick.

Ray on July 15, 2017:

Hi there ..after searching and searching ..I have now confirmed that I have pmdd...seem like I'm possessed during that time.This article and everyone two once she helped me learn a lot...I will begin my lifestyle changes TOMORROW!!!lol I really can't deal with this anymore...all the best ladies

Loraine on June 28, 2017:

Hi my pmdd is kicking in again. I took anti depressants for years and it vanished but so did my libido! I decided I want to be med free and have had a week of horrific withdrawl symptoms, don't take cymbalta/duloxetine without knowing what your in for when you stop, I was curled up like someone off trainspotting ha ha.

Luckily I work from home as a cbt therapist and my partner and son have been away for 2 weeks so I've had space to deal with it and not needed to worry about taking it out on them. Two weeks ago I has shacking my fist in his face I was furious for no reason. I spoke to him today on the phone, I've missed them so much, about my dentist apt and he questioned the treatment cost, it was no big deal but I put the phone down on him. that rage washed over me and I called him a few names! I hate this so much its so irrational. Im fortunate to be strong mentally due to my practice but I fear the rage and what I could do.

I went the shop and bought loads of white carbs etc, after reading this I totally shouldn't have. I cant exercise due to me/cfs but I use a vibro plate so I'm going to use it now and try to take control back. Glad I gound this page I need somewhere I can waffle on to people who understand it. Take care all x

p.s Im so frigging angry right now for no reason ha ha

Rosie on May 05, 2017:

Hi! I've come back to this page numerous times over the last year, interestingly enough I'm back when my pms is so bad and I have the symptoms listed above, only to forget about how I was experiencing suicidal thoughts and crying nonstop once my period was over, FAILING to realize that in two short weeks I'd be back in that pain again. I guess sometimes it isn;t as bad, so I kid myself that it is just regular pms even though I am still putting unnecessary stress on my relationships. I always thought I was weak for how debilitating pms is for me and how others can just pop some midol and be done with it, and only recently started noticing how sensitive I am to these hormones. I am clinically depressed the week before my period and it is like I can't see clearly. Anyway, this post and the support of my current wonderful bf has made me realize I need to seek help- something so foreign to me because when I am not experiencing these symptoms I am a mindful, happy, health content, productive human being. THANK YOU SO MUCH as I would hate to depend on meds for something that is only severe half the month.

Maree on May 01, 2017:


Jessica on April 16, 2017:

Hi, which bean of earphones have you found most comfortable? Thanks for all your advice :-)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:


So when I wrote this article, I never expected it to have such a positive response. I just wrote it with the hope of helping a couple of people and then I left it where it was without checking any of the comments.

I'm so sorry for all the lovely people who wrote comments or asked questions and it's taken me this long to approve and respond!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to write, I appreciate you all and hope that life is filled with more ease and love than when you first wrote.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

Oh lady, I hope you're doing okay, I'm so sorry you lost a relationship over it. I have faith that life is looking much brighter since you last posted :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

You're so welcome Stacey!

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

Wow what a journey you've been on, can totally relate to how horrible it is to feel out of control and also not wanting to just numb it all with medications (though medication is effective for some people!). I know it's a damn long time ago, but how are you finding it all now?

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

Wow that sounds frustrating. I don't know too much about water retention, but I do know that foods high in potassium are great for easing water retention. These foods include bananas, avocados and coconut water. Let me know how you're going with it all :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

My pleasure Ponchita :) xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

It's so true, our treatment needs to be balanced and everything helps :) lots of love to you xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

you're welcome Tammy :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

Wow you sounds like you're doing really well! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge too xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

That's excellent! I find that too :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 14, 2017:

I am so so sorry for not replying sooner, I kind of dropped the ball before realising how many people found this article helpful! What a tender and loving soul you are, she is a lucky woman. I truly hope things have picked up since you last posted.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

I'm so sorry you're still experiencing PMDD symptoms despite doing your best to look after yourself. I truly hope you've found a good doctor or plan since you posted, take care xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Thanks for your kind words Nic :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Stella I'm so sorry for an incredibly late reply. I stopped checking my hubpages because I didn't realise so many people reacted to my article!

Anyway, I hope life is looking up for you these days and there is NEVER any shame in trying medication or birth control. We are all different and react to different treatments. Let me know how you're going and what has helped :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

It's scary how similar we all are isn't it Jackie? Well...not scary....comforting actually :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

It's my pleasure Claire! It's so helpful to not feel alone, take care xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Oh Nicole, I hope you've found seeing a counsellor helpful. I know it's been a long time since you posted but please let me know how you're getting along :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Kathleen you make a very good point! I've read many books on this topic and wondered if I have BPD myself. I've never been diagnosed with it however I have shown signs of it. With self care, therapy and getting to know myself better I'm quite sure I don't have BPD and am feeling much better these days.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

That's so excellent Tej, really glad you've found a plan that works well for you :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Yeah I really can't believe how it's still an "unknown" to many doctors! With time it will improve I'm sure.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

So kind of you to say, Wilma :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

You're very welcome Dale! Haha yeah I never like to assume the gender of someone's partner ;)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Oh Lindsey, I can relate to that feeling of doing all of the "right" things but still struggling. While PMDD isn't a big issue for me anymore, I still have health issues which perplex me even though I'm completely "healthy" on paper. I know it's a long time ago since you wrote, but I hope you've been able to go to see a doctor and have another opinion. Let me know how you're going :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Bless you too and am so happy you have such a patient and understanding husband. I hope things have brightened for you since you wrote your thoughtful comment :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

I'm so glad you've found my story helpful, I never thought it could make such a difference for people. I'm sure your babies will be so happy to see their mama looking after herself.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Hehe your new hero, you're too kind! I think you will find that you're your own hero when you start healing yourself. Let me know how you're getting along :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Wow nice one! Yeah some people can be quite sensitive to dairy, so glad you've found it helpful.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Oh my, what beautiful words, thank you so much Priscilla! Keep on shining through these dark times we face xx

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 12, 2017:

Ahh yes, it's a shame that doctors can so often make us feel dismissed in this way. Let me know how you're getting along on your herbal supplements. Maybe it could be worth seeing another doctor to have a second opinion?

PMDD Sufferer on February 14, 2017:

After googling my many symptoms, PMDD pops up, I do a little research only to find that there is an issue associated with my monthly cycle. After being on Cipralex (anti-depressant) for 6 years and 40 lb weight gain I decide to taper off, with success I might add or so I thought. After 4-5 months symptoms start back up, but this time I notice the symptoms are associated only around my period, then after a couple of days of my period starting the symptoms disappear almost within a couple of hours. The rage, outbursts, depression, crying episodes, feeling of being out of control, sadness, feeling blah and more are unbearable. If this keeps up I will lose my husband and my job. I head back to my doctor, only for her to say "go back on your anti-depressant" Why is a doctors solution always a bandaid solution? Why don't they dig deeper to find out what the problem is? when I mentioned to my doctor that I didn't want to go back on the anti-depressant due to the weight gain, she told me to have will power, and skip the dessert table.....seriously, she said that. After doing some more research, I have decided to try some herbal supplements and vitamins to see if this alleviates the symptoms.......fingers crossed!!

Priscilla on February 12, 2017:

There is so much love in this post! Thank you!

You are a soothing ocean of hope to all of us who are joyful girls whose lives come crushing down every month. Thank you, beautiful soul. I must say I laughed as I clicked on this demeanor looked identical to the photograph above!! Oh my! The article was super helpful!

Josie on January 27, 2017:

I am so shocked two weeks ago I went raw vegan and now I got my period and for the first time I feel really good . I always been in a very depressive state before my period but now I did not notice anything until it arrived! So I am happy that I made the choice to become vegan!

Lunden on January 07, 2017:

I could cry. I am so glad that I came across your post. SO GLAD. I've been struggling with depression for what feels like my whole life, I noticed symptoms when I was only 10 ( is that even possible?) Anyway, I was recently diagnosed with PMDD, which feels like a weight lifted off my shoulders to actually know what it is I'm dealing with, and to know I'm not alone. But, as someone who is strongly against antidepressants due to past experiences, I felt hopeless reading some of the treatment options for PMDD, until I came across your post! You've inspired me. I think you're my new hero! Thank you.

Sara on December 01, 2016:

I can't believe it. I'm so thankful for finding your story. My poor babies have been dealing with a werewolf once every month and a half (my cycle is 40 days long) and I had no felt similar to my postpartum depression, but at times, much much worse (add kids to the mix and my stress level skyrockets). I'm excited to slowly start making theses changes, starting with a hike outside with the kiddos tomorrow. Even just the validation and knowledge that I'm not crazy is enough to make me feel better already. Thank you. Much love to all of you ladies.

leefor2 on November 04, 2016:

What a blessing to have found your blog.

I don't socialize about my personal well being with anyone, and to find that I am not alone, well, you can imagine my relief. EVery symptom is to the 'T' of what I go through and to find that this CAN be if not resolved but maintained NATURALLY is HUGE for me because I try so hard to stay away from medication, grant it if one's survival is by medication then I am very thrilled that meds do work for them, but for me there are always severe side effects. Thank you for posting this information for many, which I wasn't aware of, seem to go through this horrid part of being a woman. I feel like there is a light at the end of this 'hormonal tunnel' and I begin to live again!! actually wear a true smile, not a mask, and not take everything to heart as I do. My relationship with my Husband can improve, because I'm blessed with a man who deserves better, He has been so patient. Thank you dear heart, and I pray that your well being is continuing to improve. God Bless.

Lindsey on October 05, 2016:

I'm so happy I came across this blog post and thread. I have struggled with period issues for YEARS (at least 15) and never understood what was wrong with me. I just found out about PMDD and I am floored. This is exactly me. You are exactly me. (And I love that you had a Golden Girls photo in there! I love those gals!) I really appreciate your blog as I have become more aware and tend to be more homeopathic over the last several years, and everything you listed, I do. I eat super healthy, I exercise regularly, I make time for myself and do nice things for myself often, I have dear friends who I can confide in but my boyfriend and I are also best friends, my calendar is always busy with work or fun things, I get a full night sleep almost every night, I eat tons of avocados! I typically prefer to use food as medicine, but I feel at a loss. It's a conversation to have with my doctor, but maybe I need meds to wrangle this thing. I don't know's really tough though. I am grateful to know there are people out there who get it. Thank you.

Dale on September 27, 2016:

Thank you so much! I didn't even know what PMDD was until an hour ago and you've already given me hope for the thing that I feel has plagued me for years.

Due to my incredible sensitivity to medication I'm very scared of taking anti depressants as most meds make me more than a little crazy.

I really don't know what to do with myself almost 2 weeks of 4 and you've given me hope that it doesn't have to be like that.

I also appreciate the advice for partners (and for you not assuming that said partner will be male :p ).

Wilma Henry from Kentucky on July 05, 2016:

Thank you for this lifeline of hope for all who suffer from PMDD each and every month. Your natural approach to relief is so much better than what most physicians offer.

Jessica on May 24, 2016:

Thank you for sharing these tips, I'm shocked at how many people deal with this disease and yet when I try to talk to my Doctor I get a deer in headlights look. Have a blessed day.

Tej on March 12, 2016:

Hello ladies!! I have been suffering from PMDD since the onset of my period at age 12!! I was just diagnosed with it 2 years ago at age 31! This condition is horrible, and I can relate to all of you and your experiences about the uncontrolled rage, emotional eruptions, depression and despair! With that in mind, I thought I would share my experience with the treatment of this condition. So, for anyone who is concerned about taking BC, my gyn did tell me that there is no cure, however, she did put me on BC, Tri-Legest Fe, and my PMDD symptoms started to slowly disappear. A few months later, I was also put on 50 mg. of Sertaline (generic form of Zoloft) and between that and the BC, my PMDD has completely disappeared. I no longer experience the crazy emotional reactions that I used to have before taking these medicines. In addition, I did not experience any crazy side effects from the birth control. I did experience extreme drowsiness the first week of the Sertaline, but after that, I also did not experience any major side effects. So, for anyone who is willing to try, perhaps a form of BC along with an anti-depressant may help to alleviate your symptoms...2 years and still going strong! :o) Good luck to you ladies!!

Kathleen on September 05, 2015:

Thank you for an informative post.

In response to your quote below, are you sure you do not have Borderline Personality Disorder, which is actually being exacerbated by PMDD?

As with lots of people, I had a very difficult childhood. Later when I was 19 I went to group therapy and was heavily medicated to help alleviate my desire to end my life. I addressed a few issues at that time and thought "okay so that's what was wrong" and plodded on with my life.

But I kept having bad relationship after bad relationship, with me always becoming overly clingy and losing my entire essence as a person.

Nicole on August 13, 2015:

Gosh, I feel like we are the same person. I am positive I have pmdd, and need to see a counselor about MY mommy issues! Thank you for this, it has helped me to not feel so alone.

Claire on July 27, 2015:

I thought I was alone in this. That there was something really wrong with me. And I didn't want to go on antidepressants again. I will take a proactive roll in alleviating my symptoms from now on. I have so much more hope now.

Thank you so much.

Jackie Aguliera on July 09, 2015:

As I read your article I couldn't stop saying this is me, this is me. I was just diagnosed with PMDD And like a lot of women I want to take other routes than going on medication. Thank you so much for your blog.

Stella on June 29, 2015:

Well. When my period began at 13 I knew something was wrong. Extreme bouts of rage, severe depression, self loathing, suicidal thinking etc. The pain was also unbearable. At times I would leave school, in so much pain I could almost puke. I thought maybe it was normal to feel this way. I found out it wasn't much later on in life, after a painful breakup and a near fatal suicide attempt. I was raging so hard on my boyfriend at the time, but I had no awareness of this until the damage was done well after. This mixed with a few other issues, including a diganosis of BPD- I was a monster and didn't even know it. I got into therapy. A doctor kindly expressed to me that I have PMDD. I always knew something was 'wrong' but what to call it? The doctors blamed it on teenage puberty back then. But I'm 28 now. That excuse would no longer suffice.

I have an aversion to pharmaceutical meds, especially birth control. I was concerned that because my hormones were already fucked- Why would I take the chance to possibly make them worse? Then a few months ago I realized that it was a matter of life or death for me. Why? Because I was literally tearing myself apart and severely suicidal 2 weeks out of every month. It was pure hell. I got on the birth control. A month later, relief. I was shocked at how "normal" I felt. I raged on facebook about it- "Oh so this is what a normal period feels like? You bitches had it made this whole time!" (Pardon the language it's meant in gest).

Well here I am searching PMDD online because my other BC stopped working, so I switched to another one and blamo....It's creeping up again. The severe irritability and anger. I've been in therapy so I'm able to for the most part redirect the attention, and not take it out on others. That is a huge stride. But as you know I'm sure, it's hard as hell. I want to rip things apart. I want to eat all the chocolate in the world. Ugh.

Thanks for posting this blog. It means alot to me to know there are others who know what its like. I also admire you handling it naturally. I tried for so long and it was difficult as hell. So theres props to that. No one knows what this is like except for those of us who suffer with it. Therapy helped me quite a bit but it does not erase the symptoms.

If anyone reading this is on the fence about BC- Try it. It changed my life for a few months before it stopped working. It gave me hope to keep going.

Nic from on June 18, 2015:

I am an organic vegetarian with severe PPDD and your article was honest and wonderfully written to encourage women to do all they can naturally to help themselves deal with this debilitating imbalance. Well done

Hellbent on May 26, 2015:

Mine went away for 6 months. Just vanished. I didn't do anything differently. It was bliss. Now I know what life is like for normal women. 3 days to a week of mild discomfort that is completely manageable. Now it is back, so I have a week of normal in about 6. I don't have regular periods so it can go on for months. I have seen 3 specialists and they clearly think I am a whingy woman complaining about something that is perfectly normal. I don't think they even believe me. I ask about pmdd and they just dismiss it and say they don't know much about it. I have tried all of the above tips and supplements and nothing changed it. I wish I knew why it went away. Only diazepam relieves the worst symptoms. Oh well it was nice while it lasted. I will look into chinese medicine, homeopathy and tryptophan next.

Justin Chipkin on May 18, 2015:

All of you beautiful, strong women! So courageous. Thank you for opening my mind to your trials.

I stumbled onto this page searching for answers to ease my ladie's terrible monthly symptoms including but not limited to the entire checklist you mention in the beginning of the article.

I have held her through the tears and confusion not knowing what to do or say for fear of making the pain worse. All of the irrational thought and rage directed at me or someone else...I have been blaming myself but thanks to all of you I know now that neither of us are to blame and best of all there is a path towards a solution.

She is hours to days before her period, so she's experiencing the worst of it as I submit this to you. It's so bad this month that she took off in the middle of the night after thinking I don't care about how she's feeling no matter how many times I've explained to her that I do.... I know where she is and she's safe but I worry about her. How do I confront this?

I am posting because she does not know of PMDD but it all makes sense. She has not been diagnosed but I truly believe this is why she is the way she is. How do I handle this situation? Help me please! I love her more than anything and I want to do this right.

Strawberry on May 09, 2015:

I forgot to add that I think my well balanced vegan diet is really helping too xx

Strawberry on May 09, 2015:

Hi, just found this. Really uplifting to find someone who has managed to deal with PMDD naturally. I'm making progress in that direction, with exercise (yoga/running), very little caffeine (affects mineral take-up & hormone levels), supplements and counselling/self development. The thing that's made the biggest difference is meditating regularly, which has both given me new thinking skills and changed my outlook. I went on an 8 week Mindfulness based cognitive therapy course, which was great.

I have been treated by a herbalist. In case it's of any use to anyone I'll list a few supplements that I've found useful:

Tryptophan -I use this instead of an SSRI; it doesn't have the side effects and works in a different way so you can just take it when you need it.

Vitamins & Minerals (esp B6 (liquid version so better absorbed), magnesium, potassium, zinc).

Agnus Castus/Vitex-I used to use this, has a regulatory effect, reduced breast pain.

Rhodiola -I've found this very good for increasing energy during the sluggish days.

Other: Dong Quai, Ashwagandha, Schisandra.

Evening Primrose oil has never worked for me, and newer evidence questions its efficacy. (How many times have well-meaning people told me to try this after hearing I suffer from PMS/PMDD?)

I still use Diazapam very occasionally as a back up, for example when I know I have to do something stressful while I have symptoms. It has literally been a lifesaver in the past. There is some research around the role of GABA (neurotransmitter) in PMS/PMDD, and Diazapam also affects GABA function which may be why it's so helpful. I am currently looking into supplements to increase GABA function, and will re-post if I find anything that works.

I'm also planning to see a respected Chinese herbalist who specialises in women's hormones.

Thanks for writing this blog, and to all the people who have shared their experiences xx

Tammy on March 16, 2015:

Thank. You.

Britney on February 26, 2015:

I also deal with every symptom. I just learned about this yesterday!! 2 weeks ago a girlfriend of mine mentioned zinc. I haven't started taking anything yet....

I have been a vegan for 1 year, but not just for health reasons. I have realized that it has helped me though. I take vitamin D and B12

(important for vegans and PMDD folks) just need to get on top of the other things and work out a bit more.

This has been very very scary for me for about 3 years now.... Really intense suicidal thoughts, and even scary thoughts from my past (more details to that) anyway I do have all the other fun stuff to come with it, and it stinks when you are raising a child (agreeing with moms above)

Also, I am receiving healing prayer and my friends and fiancé are great listeners :) I encourage all who deal with PMDD, even if your doing a little better or perfect, to find people you trust to talk to and possibly a professional as well!

Thank you so so much for this article! So much love and blessings over you.

I've tried for so long to just treat my stuff spiritually and forgetting about the practical.

It was really revealed to me today that both are extremely important.

I'll be thinking of all the women on her and not on her in prayers from now on, cause this stuff isn't a joke at all!!!

Stay happy and healthy and again thank you so much for sharing information!

Ponchita on February 19, 2015:

Thanks so much for the wonderfully written article. I have suffer from PMDD for many years. I couldn't agree with you more, that taking care of your health is key to living with this disorder. Please

amy on January 30, 2015:

Do you have any tips for water retention I get it so bad in my face and stomach that I look like I have gained 20 pounds!! my eyelids get swollen I get huge dark circles under my eyes and I get swollen gums too. i tried diurex and it doesn't work for me. I have tried drinking a lot of water every day , herbal teas and exercise. the only thing that works is hitting my period.. i immediately have frequent urination and I pee it all out in less than a day.

KJS on January 24, 2015:

I can't express how thankful I am for this information. Since I was 10 my family and doctors treated my for bipolar disorder, at 16 I went on birthcontrol to regulate my cycles because they were so crazy. Once I was in collge I decide to quit the antidepressants and was fine since for 8 years just on birthcontrol. Last year I decided to get in IUD and since then every month my mood swings and depression have coincided with my cycle and for one week out of the month I feel completely crazy and out of control. I pick fights with my boyfriend and days later I am so embarrassed that I was so mad about such silly things and the crying!! I will be crying and saying I just wanna stop I don't even know why I am crying. I just feel I have no control over my emotions at all. I recently was diagnosed with PMDD which totally just clicked for me and I think I have had it since I started my cycles and was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. My doctor wanted to put me on anti depressants again and I just broke down and cried. I hate the way they make me feel, I always feel like a flat line robot with no emotions not even the good ones. And I don't want to take a prescription all month when I feel fine 3 of the 4 weeks. So I started researching natural remedies for PMDD and I have not found a better outline and plan than yours!! I am so excited and hopeful. It's also nice to know that there is support here to come back to and read when I need encouraemt or support! Thank you!!

Stacey on January 22, 2015:

Thank you so much.

lady on January 13, 2015:

I just recently discovered I have this. Unfortunately, my boyfriend had suffered because of this and now we are separated. I'm so thankful I found your hub. What you describe with you and your boyfriend sounds like what I went through, to a T with mine. But mine couldn't take it any more with good reason. I plan to take you're advice and hopefully get my pmdd into check. It is quite possibly one of the most devastating problems I have come across, I've lost friends and a boyfriend because I get so badly out of control. It hurts in so many ways to have this. I feel like a completely different person and I just want to cry every time I hurt someone or get so angry I want to shove my head into a wall. The suicidal thoughts are also present, even though I don't normally have them. It's like being possessed and nobody believes you. But when a normally kindhearted person turns into a terror overnight, it's time to get some help. I'm happy this worked for you and I am excited that this will work for me. Bless you for sharing this information.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

So so glad that your symptoms have reduced! And don't worry about perfection :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

My pleasure Emily :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

You're so welcome Nathalie :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

Wow, thank you Emily!

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

Oh you don't have to give up food that you love! It's all about moderation and balance :) it's actually very good for you to eat wholemeal bread, pasta and see if you can switch from white to wholemeal. Treat yourself to a nice big bowl of white pasta every now and then, it's not very nice to deprive yourself :)

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

Thank you Samantha :) sounds like you're already on the right track to decreasing your PMDD! It's hard to say how long it took my PMDD to decrease, because the changes would be small....and sometimes I would have a "good" month and then a "bad" month. All I can say is that it DOES get better :) finding a good therapist that I trust is one of the biggest things which have helped me. I found that the same feelings about certain past events would arise each cycle and once I've dealt with the ghosts of my past, my PMDD has become much less severe.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

Aw thank you so much :) I hope your PMDD has decreased since you posted this.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

It's so wonderful that you've caught this PMDD early! If only I knew when I was younger. Oh and I HATED exercise when I was a teenager, made any excuse to get out of it at school. Maybe it's a case of finding something that you actually enjoy? I remember the options at school were limited, maybe something outside of school?

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on October 24, 2014:

Gosh, I can't even imagine raising a child while trying to deal with PMDD! Good on you for taking action and realising what you need to do :)

Chrissy on October 15, 2014:

I just want to say thank you so much for this posting-it gave me a lot of hope and direction in a very dark time. I have been implementing these suggestions for over a year, and not always perfectly, and it has saved my sanity! Thank you so much!

Emily on October 08, 2014:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your various coping mechanisms with us. I have been struggling with what I thought was depression and anxiety for several years now, which following extensive research, I now suspect is actually PMDD.

It really does help to know that we are not alone in our struggles. To know that we are not crazy or hysterical women; that there is an underlying cause.

Nathalie on September 24, 2014:

Same here. Very good article indeed, and also reading all the reactions of all the others helped me a big deal.

Thank you so much!

Emily on September 19, 2014:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I agree that it is the best article I have read online period.

Charlene on September 16, 2014:

Thank you for sharing your experience. I am 38yo and was diagnosed about ten years ago. Two years ago I had an Ovary removed ( thank God) I still have symptoms although not as server. Changing my diet will be hard, I love rice and pasta! And sugar lol... However, my life depends on it. This is a progressive disease/ illness REQUIRING treatment for any relief. Thanks again!!

Samantha on September 12, 2014:

Thank you so much for writing this article! It is so hard to go through PMDD every month but I feel better knowing I am not alone! I am about to turn 20 and I realized there was something wrong a few years back. I had heard about pms in high school and I know a lot of my friends had it, but mine seemed to interfere with my life more than theirs did. After some research I came to the conclusion I had pmdd.

I am like you and have a the symptoms each month(joy!) but My biggest problem each month is the emotional roller coaster. I start feeling different after ovulation (I have a period tracker on my phone that's how I know haha) all the way up to when my period starts. The physical symptoms are bad too but I could deal with them if the emotional ones would go away. I have been exercising and that has helped but I am wondering, how long was it after you started to change your lifestyle that the pmdd symptoms started to dramatically decrease? I have started to eat healthy and take a multivitamin as well but do you have any other advice you could give? Thank you for sharing the amazing article you really are a blessing!

Christina on August 15, 2014:

This article is amazing!!! You don't know how this has helped me. My gyn just informed me today I must be suffering from PMDD and recommended every vitamin you did . I'm going to make eating right a priority because this feeling is just not worth anything else . May God bless you for sharing!

Monique on August 10, 2014:


Im a teen that has recently found out about PMDD, and guess what, I to have every symtom! My mother and I both have it, so if you could just imagine the horror! The thing i have found about me having this, is how to deal with it and because of your wonderful article I can now begin to make major like changes along with my mom! Eating healthy and excercising sound so icky to us teens, especially me but if it helps with avoiding medication then im all for it, Big Thank you for this article!

jaime on August 09, 2014:

I am on your page right now, of course because this PMDD is driving me insane! I am severely fatigued, increased appetite, irritable, and feeling depressed. I was diagnosed in 2008 and I scored off the charts! My symptoms start 2 weeks before my cycle and ends as soon as my cycle starts. It's like night and day! I became vegan because of PMDD which has been very helpful. However, I have slacked off of taking magnesium and exercising. Thank you for sharing your story. It has made me realize that I MUST deal with childhood issues, see a therapist, exercise, and take vitamins. I need to try things out to see what works for me and make it a daily routine to alleviate or lessen my PMDD symptoms. I am a single mother raising a child with special needs so I need to be at my best. Again, thank you for the tips and sharing your story.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on July 04, 2014:

"Fuzzy wooly head" is such a perfect description, I can totally relate to that.

Maybe you could try going to your doctor to see what they think just to be sure, but go there knowing that you don't have to take any medication if you aren't comfortable with the idea. There are so many wonderful natural therapies out there, I recently tried Reiki which was beautiful. Once I can afford it I will go back.

I've also been reading that avoiding meat and dairy (meat is easy for me to avoid because I don't eat it, but dairy I need to be careful about) around ovulation and before/during your period can significantly decrease or completely prevent cramping! I'm going to try this next cycle.

Dizzy lass on June 19, 2014:


I feel I may have been suffering this for a number of years I have always had problems prior to periods. I am on the pill and dread taking the last one each month as my body seems to go haywire due to hormones! I become bloated, have mood swings, tearful, massive loss in self confidence, not a period goes by without cramps and headaches, the tiredness is awful because my sleep is disturbed making me even more moody! Does anyone else feel like they have a fuzzy wooly head, making you clumsy/forgetful and can't get their words out? Also is dizziness another symptom? I feel sorry for my hubby sometimes having to put up with me at that time of the month, it can affect my day to day life often not wanting to go to work or making excuses not to join in things I would usually enjoy.

Keep meaning to see my Doctor but I don't want any medicines or happy pills, I love the idea of herbal remedies.

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on June 07, 2014:

So glad you're feeling a lot better! Just curious, what's a therapy visor?

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on June 07, 2014:

Oh gosh, I hear you about the fatigue! It's always important to listen to your body, so if you really do feel too low in energy then take it easy and do low impact exercise like a fast walk with music pumping or just doing some simple things like sit ups, push ups and yoga. Swimming is also a great low impact exercise! Pushing yourself at this time is bad news for your adrenal glands, so be gentle with yourself. But also know the difference between too tired and "can't be bothered" :). This last statement is from personal experience, not suggesting you're lazy! But around that time I ask myself "am I really exhausted or do I just not feel like exercising?".

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on June 07, 2014:

Oh my, thank you so much Fashion Lover!

Melissa on May 23, 2014:

When I began having PMDD symptoms, I became afraid I might not survive the next period. It was such a scary experience feeling so unstable and suicidal for 48 hours per month with each worse than the last. I solved mine with a serotonin boost. I wear a light therapy visor every morning during the winter and occasionally during spri g and summer if I don't get enough outdoor time. It completely relieved the emotional side of pmdd for me. Adding in a multi vitamin then helped with other symptoms.

PMDDnotForMe on April 10, 2014:


As everyone else stated...this is a wonderful article with excellent advice. I wanted to see if anyone else experiences this particular issue. I exercise on a regular basis. But regular for me is 20 days out of the month because once my PMDD "kicks in" I do not have enough energy or strength to exercise.

In addition to the symptoms you mentioned above, I also experience EXTREME FATIGUE. I am 32 years old and at around at 25 I used to wonder why certain times of the month I would almost faint from over exerting myself when attempting to work out. Now that I know I have PMDD, I have taken the natural steps mentioned above in order to reduce my symptoms. However, I have to stop exercising when my body is weak. Does anyone experience this? If so, what can I do to increase my energy to maintain my exercise? Literally the only thing I can do to get rid of my fatigue is to drink an energy drink, which I know is not the healthiest decision.

Thank you all.

Fashion Lover on April 06, 2014:

This is the best article I've read regarding dealing with PMDD and I have read a lot!

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on March 18, 2014:

It really does make a world of difference to know that the awful things we experience in life are so often very similar to those which other people live through. I'm so glad I've helped in some way!

Hmm advice on keeping on the good mental health path.....I suppose simply making yourself a priority is the best thing. Don't feel like you need to lose your generosity or sensitivity, just make yourself number one. This could mean creating boundaries with your mother or relationships which don't seem healthy (ie learning to gently say no, learning to know what makes you uncomfortable and not partaking in those things which do, like for me I can't go back to my childhood home very often because it makes me uncomfortable).

I can't emphasize enough how finding a good therapist helps! If you shop around and find one which "clicks" with you and helps you progress, then that is definitely going to keep you on track. I understand therapy can be expensive, but depending on where you live, there are generally mental health plans in place which can help reduce the costs if you're on a low income.

Samantha on March 04, 2014:

Thank you so much for posting this! I am 19 years old and have suffered from PMDD for a long time (okay I guess a few years but it seems like forever!) I have had a lot of issues with my mother too, and although I knew it affected me I didn't know that it contributed to my PMDD. It is so nice to know that another person has gone through the same thing I am going through and has found a way out. I knew a lot of these things before reading this but it is really hard to stay motivated when there are those low times of the month. Any advice for keeping on the path of good mental health when it is difficult?

You are a really wonderful woman thank you again for sharing!

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on February 11, 2014:

I've cut back on how many vitamins I take. But here's my daily dose: 220mg B6, 50mg B Complex, a high dose of chelated iron and 1g of Ashwaghanda in the morning. At nighttime before bed, 400mg magnesium.

But yes, always ask a professional :)

Candice on February 03, 2014:

Are you willing to share how much of each type of vitamin/supplement you take daily? I understand it's better to ask a professional about dosage amounts, but how much did you take personally?

Violet Redfield (author) from Australia on January 27, 2014:

Oh Cherice you are totally not alone! I'm sorry to hear that you have mother issues too, it can be really tricky. Have you thought about seeing a therapist? It has helped me immensely. Take care x

Cherice11 on January 25, 2014:

Hello! I had no idea this was an actual thing. I honestly thought I was the only one that felt crazy around their period. There have been so many crying spells, snapping that I really don't know how my husband has survived! The biggest thing is feeling like I have no control in my life it is such a horrible feeling it almost makes me feel claustrophobic in some ways. I like you and many others have very serious mom issues which is where my depression stems from as well and I try to forget these things but then once a month good ole PMDD has to remind of every singe horrible thing that I have done and people have done to me. Anyway, I am so thankful for this article because it lets me know I am not alone. Thank you I will be following your tips.

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