Why One Expert Believes Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Is Not A Depressive Disorder

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Once a month most women go through menstruation. While some women don’t experience any symptoms, some experience various symptoms during their cycle, such as cramps, bloating, headaches and the list can go on. This sounds normal, right?

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Generally, we can associate these symptoms with PMS (premenstrual syndrome). However, with the newest edition of the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder), a manual used by many health professionals to determine an individual’s diagnosis based on a set criteria, these symptoms are now being classified as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and categorized under depressive disorders! PMDD is an extension of PMS, however, PMDD’s symptoms can be a bit more intense.

Let’s take a look at this for a second ladies and break this down! According to the DSM-V, there are three categories in which five symptoms must be present to be given a diagnosis of PMDD.