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Premenstrual Tension

Severe Premenstrual Tension Syndrome

Most women having periods experience physical discomfort or adverse mood in the weeks just before menstruation. Symptoms are often mild, but can be severe enough to substantially interrupt daily activities, so there is an immediate difficulty with making the diagnosis properly, given such common symptoms. Almost 10% of women from the general population are now thought, using narrow diagnostic criteria, to experience severe Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

A related problem is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) which focuses on mood, as opposed to physical symptoms. Irritability, tension, depressed mood, tearfulness, and mood swings, are the most distressing features of PMDD, but physical complaints, such as breast tenderness and bloating, are also often part of the picture.

It is thought that PMDD affects between three and eight women in every hundred.

Treatment for PMS / PMDD

Although PMS symptoms are common, it's easy for that fact to believe that expert opinion is not necessary, but this would be a grave mistake. PMS often has a complex mechanism of causality and, for example, there are possible links between PMS and sexual abuse, as well as with post-traumatic stress disorder, so it follows that careful evaluation is a necessity. Domestic violence domestic violence is another association. Another complicating factor with PMS is that coping strategies that may have become entrenched long before a doctor is consulted include abusing alcohol or illicit drugs.

The serotonin system is known to be implicated in the mechanism of PMS, and this is why drugs which act on this body system, including anti-depressants which focus on this neurotransmitter, are used effectively in treatment. Some patients are resistant to trying such medications, because they associate them with severe psychiatric disorder, but our experts are skilled in assisting with the wide variety of treatment options available, including various hormonal approaches.

How can we help?

Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists who are experienced in the treatment of Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and they will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family.

We also can support you if you feel that you are suffering from related depression or other issues which can be connected including: Panic Attacks and Anxiety and alcohol and substance abuse.

By calling our Admissions Counsellor on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.

Contact us now to see how we can help

You don't need a GP referral to see one of our experts.

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