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Premenstrual

Dysphoric Disorder

Though often linked to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder  (PMDD) is a more extreme condition that affects how you feel, think, and behave. Like PMS, PMDD symptoms generally develop seven to 10 days before your period, when your hormone levels start to fall.

Though researchers are still trying to understand what causes PMDD, it’s theorized that the symptoms may be related to the hormonal fluctuations that occur throughout your menstrual cycle. 

In addition to hormones, your serotonin levels also change during your menstrual cycle. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that controls mood. Women with PMDD may be more sensitive to serotonin and experience mood changes when levels fluctuate.  (Read more)