October 10, 2020

It’s world mental health day today. My biggest struggle with mental health is PMDD. I knew about PMS for a long time. PMDD stands for PreMenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. I started to track my menstrual cycle in my calendar on my phone a long time ago, because I knew my mood would shift before it. So then I’d be having a rough time of things, and look at my calendar, and realize why I was super moody and life sucked and believed everyone hated me. Then when I got a FitBit and they added the female tracking thing to the app, I began to realize that I had another moody time, around ovulation. Doing some research I found that the hormone levels are shifting a lot at that time, too. And my brain is just hypersensitive to those hormone level changes, both with estrogen and progesterone. I’ve been working with my therapist for a long time on handling the symptoms. I’ve been on anxiety medication since right after I had started therapy in 2018. I’ve switched a couple of times to try to find the right meds. Most seem to help the anxiety a lot, but not those severe mood changes that come during the really turbulent hormone changes. I think this latest medication might be closer to making things a lot more manageable than some of the previous ones. Not totally sure yet, but still trying it for a bit.

The underlined words in the photo are the symptoms of PMDD that I struggle with. I put this together to explain it to a friend a couple years ago.

#worldmentalhealthday #worldmentalhealthday2020 #ownyourstigma #pmdd #anxiety #takeyourmeds #itsoktonotbeok #mentalhealth #endthestigma #therapy

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