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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I notice a significant increase in anxiety and sadness about a week and a half before I begin my cycle. I also notice that I get "stuck" in my anxiety until about 1 or 2 days before --- and then I take immediate (and sometimes abrupt) action to rectify whatever the focus of my anxiety is. So, for example if I am feeling anxious and depressed about my body image and weight gain, I find myself running up mountains 2 days before I menstruate. Or if I'm anxious about not making enough money, I'll put together a mini business plan for some great new idea or apply for a 3rd job.

    I'm glad I saw this thread cause I'm in PMS mode now and was feeling seemingly unbearable anxiety all day today. My fixation this month is the guy I just started dating. But after reading this thread, I'm reminding myself I don't need to form to any solid conclusions TONIGHT. I can also assume it's highly possible my panic juuuuust might be PMS induced.

    Ah geeze, to be a woman.

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Sue...i know what you mean. Since i started my period in my very early teens i did not have many strong symptoms...IF i had cramps they were very light. The only thing was, i'd get tired. Since i turned 30, everything changed. I go up two or three pant sizes because of bloating, and i become a completely different person. It's become worse in the last six months or so (i'll be 32 in a week and a half). I start changing about ten days before my period actually shows up. I become excessively tired..more like exhausted to the point where it's very difficult to wake up in the morning. I'm very weak and very weepy. I can cry at the drop of a hat.
    I've heard of this PMDD...i read about it and found that it is exactly what i'm feeling. I'm reluctant to start prescription drugs though.
    Have you seen your doctor about it?

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Actually I go see my GYN on the 15th and will ask him to perform a specific procedure so I would very little period or no period. He offered that to me last year when my periods were irregular for a while but then they became normal. But now with my depression being the way it is and everything else going on in my life I can't afford to have that making me feel worse. My psychoanalyst agrees with me. Well I am 45 and with the meds I am on and single no chance to ahve a child that way so might as well get the procedure done.
    My mood swings starts a day before or the day of my periods and last a few days. Before I got treated for my ADHD my mood swings would start a week early.

    Sue

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Hey Sue, sounds like you're making a good decision to see your GYN and ask about the procedure. Like you, I need to ensure I'm taking all realistic preventative measures to limit opportunities for a depressive episode. Keep us posted

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Thank You Healthbound

    Sue

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    The same thing happened to me. I first noticed a shift in mood prior to my period as a teenager. As an adult, I am careful to avoid making any major decisions during the week before my period and avoiding stressful situations as much as possible during this time. I try to do something nice for myself such as a manicure or a facial. I avoid shopping as I risk overspending or buying something stupid that I do not want or need. This moodiness is something I could do without & I am tired of living around it. It has affected & controlled my life for far too long. I would like an actual cure for it. Does anyone out there know of one?

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Shopping or chocolate

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Definitely Chocolate!

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    Chocolate is the ultimate cure: a real panacea. This month, I baked those fab chocolate cupcakes on the cover of the latest Martha Stewart Living magazine. The one with the rainbow frosted cupcakes arranged to form a heart. It definitely cures monthly depression . On top of that, it is an easy one-bowl PMS-proof recipe. I highly recommend it!

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    re: Depression and Menstrual Cycles

    I used to get very depressed and/or very ****ed off before my period...until I started eating right...now its not as bad. Exercise helps too...when I'm in a bad mood I just go for a long run and feel much better. I have always had severe cramps (nothing has helped that)...but thank God I have doctor who prescribed me a pain med that works pretty good at the max dose (Tramadol). I just take that for 2 days to get me through the worst of it.

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