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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Empowering Women

Affinity Psychology specialises in providing evidence based, non-judgemental psychological therapy for women struggling with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).

Our aim is to empower women to understand and manage their PMDD symptoms to take control of their life and thrive despite the challenges of this condition.

What is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) involves experiencing a cluster of physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms that occur in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (typically the week before menstruation) and significantly impacts daily functioning and quality of life.

PMDD can be misdiagnosed as some PMDD symptoms mimic other conditions. PMDD can be confused with bipolar disorder, thyroid conditions, personality disorders or depression. With PMDD, symptoms overlapping with these disorders occur only on the days between ovulation and the end of menstruation.

PMDD is characterized by:

  • Severe Emotional Symptoms: Women with PMDD often experience intense mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression that interfere with their ability to function at work, school, or in relationships. These mood changes are more severe than typical mood fluctuations experienced during PMS.
  • Physical Symptoms: In addition to emotional symptoms, women with PMDD may also experience physical symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain, fatigue, and changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
  • Cognitive Symptoms: Some women with PMDD may also experience cognitive symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, confusion, or forgetfulness.
  • Interference with Daily Life: PMDD symptoms significantly interfere with daily activities, relationships, and overall well-being, often leading to impairment in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.
  • Cyclical Pattern: PMDD symptoms typically occur in a cyclical pattern, starting after ovulation and improving shortly after menstruation begins. This pattern distinguishes PMDD from other mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety, which may not have a clear association with the menstrual cycle.

The exact cause of PMDD is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve complex interactions between hormonal changes, neurotransmitter imbalances (particularly serotonin), genetic predisposition, and environmental factors. Diagnosis of PMDD involves a thorough evaluation, including a review of symptoms, a menstrual diary to track symptom patterns over two menstrual cycles, and ruling out other potential medical or psychological conditions.

How can we help?

At Affinity Psychology, we take a holistic approach to treating PMDD, addressing the complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors contributing to the disorder.

Our therapists are trained to provide evidence-based therapies tailored to the unique needs of each individual, helping women develop coping strategies, improve self-care, and enhance resilience in the face of PMDD symptoms.

Services we offer

  • Individual Therapy: Personalized therapy sessions with a registered psychologist to explore the emotional and psychological aspects of PMDD, develop coping skills, and address underlying issues contributing to symptom severity.
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): CBT is a highly effective approach for managing PMDD symptoms by identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, improving emotion regulation, and developing coping strategies to navigate mood swings and other emotional symptoms.
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Mindfulness techniques can help women with PMDD cultivate present-moment awareness, reduce reactivity to symptoms, and promote self-compassion and acceptance.
  • Stress Management: Learning stress management techniques such as relaxation exercises, deep breathing, and progressive muscle relaxation can help women with PMDD reduce overall stress levels and mitigate the impact of symptoms on daily life.
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About Leanne

Leanne specialises in women’s mental health and is a compassionate, nonjudgmental therapist committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for women to share their strengths and challenges and collaborate towards achieving a clients.

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