PMDD, or premenstrual dysphoric disorder, is a mood disorder that affects women during the premenstrual phase of their cycle. It is often compared to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) given the similarity in symptoms and cyclical pattern. It does, however, differ in severity – PMDD can seriously impair on the day-to-day functioning of sufferers and should not be taken lightly. Symptoms of PMDD Symptoms are cyclical and appear in the two weeks prior to bleeding, which is a key factor in differentiating PMDD from other mood disorders. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM –IV) has been criticized by researchers
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