Patients who suffer with Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) are often not correctly diagnosed. Additionally, many sufferers are treated with medications that are not consistent with current practices. Patients who suffer from PMS or PMDD experience recurring premenstrual physical symptoms such as bloating, breast tenderness, and headache. The major difference between PMS and PMDD is that women who have PMDD experience changes in mood such as irritability, anxiety, tension, feelings of depression, or suddenly feeling sad or tearful which seriously interfere with their social and occupational functioning. These symptoms typically occur during the week before menstruation and begin to remit within a few days of the onset of menses. However, in severe cases, symptoms may begin around ovulation and continue for two weeks through the first few days of menses.
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