Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Treatment Specialist

Odette N. Limosnero, MD

Gynecologist & Integrative Medicine Doctor located in Carrollton, TX

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). At Roots Integrative, Dr. Limosnero offers treatment to patients from the Dallas, Fort Worth, and DFW areas for the relief of PMDD at her offices in Carrollton, TX.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) Treatment Q & A

What is the Difference Between PMS & PMDD?

The symptoms of PMDD are similar to those of PMS but are much more severe. Although PMS and PMDD both have physical and emotional symptoms, PMDD causes extreme mood shifts that can be debilitating enough to interfere with day-to-day activities like work, social engagements, and relationships. In both PMDD and PMS, symptoms usually begin seven to 10 days before your period starts. Physical symptoms may be similar, but in PMDD, emotional and behavioral symptoms that stand out include:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Anxiety or tension
  • Extreme moodiness
  • Marked irritability
  • Marked anger, increased interpersonal conflicts
  • Decreased interest in usual activities
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Change in appetite
  • Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
  • Sleep problems

What Causes PMDD?

As with PMS, PMDD is brought about by the hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle. Changes in serotonin levels may also lead to lead to PMDD symptoms. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that helps transmit nerve signals involved in controlling mood, attention, sleep, and pain.

How is PMDD Treated?

Treatment for the relief of pain and discomfort that occurs with PMDD is similar to the strategies used to treat PMS. This can include:

  • Good nutrition - Limiting salt, caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol while increasing calcium, vitamin B6, vitamin E, and magnesium.
  • Exercise - Regular aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming appears to improve symptoms.
  • Medications - Antidepressants may be used to treat PMDD. Some over-the-counter pain relievers may help some of the painful symptoms associated with PMDD.

Dr. Limosnero looks beneath the symptoms of PMDD to its underlying cause and offers natural alternative treatments. Herbal remedies and supplements, such as milk thistle or bioidentical progesterone, may be used to help treat specific symptoms of PMDD. Contact the offices to discuss questions and treatment options.