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Diagnosis of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
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Diagnosis of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)

The only way to diagnose PMDD is through monitoring the severity, duration and onset of symptoms and report this to your doctor.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) has very definitive guidelines for diagnosing PMDD, as follows:

A. In at least five of the menstrual cycles for the year, the following symptoms were present (they were only present in the two weeks preceding menstruation and were gone within a few days of bleeding):


B. The pre-menstrual symptoms interfere enough with regular life (work, school, social activities, relationships) that they cause conflict or disturbances in any or all of these areas.

C. The pre-menstrual symptoms are not simply a result of some type of underlying mental disorder, such as any depressive disorder, anxiety disorder or a personality disorder.

D. The criteria A, B and C must be confirmed by careful monitoring of symptoms over two consecutive menstrual cycles and presenting this to a medical doctor for definite diagnosis.

In addition to this, the following should also be taken into consideration to help diagnose PMDD:

Use the PMDD Tracker to accomplish this. Print it out and use it as your menstruation diary and take it to your doctor for discussion.


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  Last reviewed: 15 August 2008 || Last updated: 8 January 2010


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