The Brain and Premenstrual Syndrome

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is characterized by emotional and somatic symptoms that recur monthly during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the part of the cycle immediately prior to menstruation). Symptoms can involve increased irritability, anger, depressed mood, anxiety, poor concentration, increased sensitivity to rejection, and feeling overwhelmed or out of control. This articles discusses five tips to reduce the mood symptoms associated with PMS/PMDD.

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