Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a battle, but you are a Warrior.

By Brett Buchert

PMDD = Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder | You = PMDD Warrior

Does your PMS ever feel like dementors are trying to suck out your soul? Like you’ll never be cheerful again? Like life is a hurricane of anxiety?

Well, that’s what PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) feels like for me. PMDD has sent me to my knees with crippling depression, anxiety, irritability, and suicidal thoughts almost every luteal phase since I started menses at 11. And unfortunately, there are lots of silent sufferers out there, since so many of us have never even heard of it before!

Unfortunately, PMDD falls into a literal no man’s land at the intersection of gynecology, psychiatry, and endocrinology. Whose disorder is it? Most of us with PMDD symptoms don’t know who to turn to, and many doctors are not yet…

My diagnosis of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, after 10 years of suffering, changed my life for the better.

By Brett Buchert

PMDD → Two weeks of normal, happy, productive. Two weeks of sadness, anxiety, thoughts of suicide.

In these politically correct yet politically volatile times, there have been arguments on both sides on whether or not we should prescribe labels to an individual’s mental health complaints.

On one side of the argument, some clinicians say yes, in order to effectively treat a mental disorder, we must first accurately understand what it is and give it a name. I’ve been used as a patient under this school and have been ‘definitively diagnosed’ in the past with both major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder (as well as a slew of various personality disorder tendencies) by a computer and a monotone psychometrist that reads off about ten of these diagnoses a day. I cried for hours after that appointment. On the other side, some practitioners…

Having thoughts of suicide doesn’t always mean you’re at imminent risk. This tool can help you determine your risk, incorporate support, and feel safer.

By Adrienne Pastula

***Trigger Warning: suicide, vague mention of methods

Photo by ActionVance on Unsplash

Let’s talk about suicide.

With the estimated suicide rate flying high for those of us with PMDD and other mental health conditions, it’s necessary to speak candidly about the risks so we can avoid being a part of that statistic. But talking about suicide is often frightening or difficult. Not only that, but there is also an unhelpful taboo around talking about suicide, perhaps even more significant than the taboo for talking about menstruation. This creates a dangerous environment for those of us who experience ideations. Studies have shown that mentioning or discussing suicide…

No more garbage in my vagina!

By Ms. Menses

Photo by Charles 🇵🇭 on Unsplash

It’s amazing how many menstrual product options are available today.

Fifty years ago, women were using strips of cloth from the scrap box. Thirty years ago, we only had about five options of pads with adhesive to stick and hold them in place, and only a few types of tampons to choose from. Today, we have twenty different tampon options that range from sport to teen to heavy, with plastic applicators, cardboard applicators, or none at all. Disposable pads now come in cute prints with fashionable wrappers, available in an array of sizes, shapes, and absorbency levels.

The secrets to developing a self-care routine to prioritize yourself and your health.

By Daniela McVicker

Photo by Gian Cescon on Unsplash

The importance of self-care

Modern life seems to perpetually stack too much on our plates. There’s work, friends, family, and all those other things that make up our personal microcosms. At times, it feels like we don’t have enough hours in the day for it all. When obligations take precedence, we cut out all the things that give us joy so we can fit the rest in. Saying goodbye to those smaller, happier moments in our lives is something that can catch up with us in the long run.

Self-care is learning to prioritize small and happy moments to improve your…

Victim mentality → personal responsibility

By Adrienne Pastula

“I used PMDD as an excuse for bad behavior in an effort to distance myself from the ways PMDD made me different from my norm.”

I used to think of myself as a victim of my mental illness.

It’s a common mentality I have seen across multiple illnesses, support groups, and therapeutic settings. Personally, I used PMDD as an excuse for bad behavior in an effort to distance myself from the ways PMDD made me different from my norm. At the beginning onset of symptoms, I often had inappropriate outbursts of emotion and I was quick to explain away these outbursts as a result of my mental illness. I wasn’t in control of my PMDD symptoms, so it was unreasonable for anyone to blame me for the things I did because of them. If I…

By Lauren Calabrese

I suffer from PMDD.

What does this mean?

Well, it means that some days I wake up with a fire in my heart that can’t be put out by anything.

I jump up out of bed thanking God for another day of life. I drink coffee with gratitude for its warmth and ability to make me feel like a superwoman. I spend an hour on my yoga mat and run outside with my dog, soaking up every bit of life that I can. We play and she licks my face and I thank God endlessly that she was brought to me and that I am blessed enough to provide a fulfilling and beautiful life for her. I feel alive and like I can do anything at…

By Emily

As an adult, I’ve been retrospectively diagnosed with a history of multiple eating disorders. Most chronically bulimia, which I’ve had for so long that the specialist wasn’t able to determine whether they could also diagnose me with a personality disorder. My struggles with healthy emotional processing are so entangled with my bingeing and disordered behaviors around food that they can’t tell which symptoms caused what.

But you know what else is so intrinsically linked to how you feel about your weight and food? Your hormones.

Many menstruating women find that their weight and appetite change across an average month. But my months aren’t average. Not by a long shot, and last year when I first heard about PMDD I finally…

By Alissa, PMDD survivor

I wish I could remember exactly when the symptoms began. I know I displayed erratic behavior as a teen, but at the time I thought it was just me being a risky teenager. My husband, Jim, confirms that by age 20, my symptoms began affecting my life dramatically. This continued until I was 46. I suffered for 26 long, painful years filled with drama and turmoil: absolute hell.

Although I didn’t experience a lot of “physical” symptoms I did experience terrible headaches, cramps, and joint pain. …

“Tracking my PMDD saved my life… And it could save yours too.”

Over a decade ago, at the ripe age of 11, I reluctantly joined the cohort of people with periods…and also fell deep into darkness. Where once I’d been joyful and carefree, now a suffocating cloud of depression and anxiety that spurred phobias and obsessions left me helpless. My life was perfect, but my internal world was not. I was only 11. I had just started my period.

It took me ten years, two misdiagnoses, hundreds of therapy sessions, a handful of pills, and two full months of tracking…


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