PMDD and Addiction

PMDD and AddictionPremenstrual dysphoric syndrome (PMDD) affects woman who are of menstruating age. The symptoms that are presented with this condition are significantly more severe than those associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and should not be confused. Prior to an official diagnosis you may have found yourself using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate PMDD, as the symptoms can be incredible challenging to cope with.

Recognizing the Symptoms of PMDD

PMDD can have an effect that is physical, mental and emotional. The symptoms of PMDD can be uncomfortable and difficult for the woman and those around her to cope with in a healthy manner. Women with premenstrual dysphoric syndrome may display the following symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • General tension
  • Depression, a sense of hopelessness or thoughts of self-harm and suicide
  • Mood swings that may include anger, irritability and emotional outbursts
  • Disruption in healthy sleeping patterns
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Tension and strain in relationships
  • Major dip in energy
  • Panic attacks
  • Binge eating
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Migraines
  • Bloating and swelling

The symptoms of PMDD vary greatly between women as will the symptoms of addiction. While there are no medical tests that can be run in order to determine the presence of PMDD, a quality medical professional and therapist can analyze symptoms and behaviors in order to come to a diagnosis.

How PMDD Can Lead to Addiction

Women may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with monthly symptoms and to do the following:

  • Escape from anxiety or depression
  • Self-medicate pain and physical discomfort
  • Help themselves fall asleep
  • Escape from general stress and anxiety

Turning to drugs to manage PMDD symptoms can lead to addiction. When addiction takes over, financial strife, strain in relationships and difficulty in the workplace will follow. The great news is that quality addiction treatment for women can help to transform their lives back into something that is productive, happy and healthy.

Help for PMDD and Addiction

When you call our toll-free helpline, you will be able to discuss your situation with our compassionate counselors. We can help you find resources to treat your addiction and your PMDD symptoms. We are here to help you regain control of your life, and we are here 24 hours a day to do so. Call us today to find out you can transform your life.