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The Reality of PMDD

This video is a true reality of what it is like to live with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. As she stated in the video, each month the individual becomes a prisoner of their own mind. Everything she says is so true and I can relate! More often than not, it’s like I’m a stranger standing outside of my body looking in. The only problem is, it’s like there are chains holding me down and not allowing me to pull away from the evil that lurks inside. I want nothing more than to be the happy person I know I can be, but it feels impossible. Remember, it is temporary and will go away in a few days.

Know that if you struggle with PMDD, you are not alone. Seek help from doctors, family, friends, and support groups. Don’t let it take control! You are stronger than it is.

The PMDD Survival Kit

There is no one thing that takes PMDD away completely, although there are things that can help alleviate it and make the individual feel better. It’s always there, like a demon monster, just lingering in the background waiting for that one simple thing to set it off.

Each month, I have to fight this ugly demon! I can feel it creeping up on me, but just don’t know how to stop it. I try so hard, but I just don’t seem to be strong enough. One second I can be happy and laughing, then the next I’m in a fetal position crying my eyes out wanting to end it all. “What’s the matter, you ask?” The answer every time is “I don’t know,” and that’s the honest to God truth! Through the hopelessness, I reached for anything and everything that could make me feel better. I wanted nothing more than to be my happy, loving self.

I opted to stay away from medicines because it’s bad enough I have multiple daily meds to take for my asthma. Instead, I opted to put together a ‘No Medication’ survival kit.

1. Keep A Calendar

I can’t stress the importance enough to keep a calendar of your monthly cycles. It not only alerts you to when you can expect the monster to visit, but it’s also a great tool to share with your doctors. There are a number of different calendars you can use, but when tracking cycles and PMDD symptoms, I recommend Me vs PMDD.

2. Essential Oils

There are several essential oils that can help with mood and sleep (2 of the main things that’s missing during hell week).

A couple of my favorites include Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Lavendar, and Peppermint.

3. Meditation

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and clear your head. I have this CD and love listening to the relaxing music, as it helps me focus and get rid of negative thoughts.

4. Journal

How many of you use a journal or diary? I do and I love it! I actually use a journal just like the one pictured. When you are able to write down your thoughts, you are able to see them more clearly and it allows you to deal with the emotions you may struggle with.

In addition to the things I listed above, I also include me time. It’s important to know when you need to remove yourself from others so you don’t say things you don’t mean. In addition, I take warm baths, exercise with Beach Body on Demand, eat healthy, watch a favorite movie, read a good book, do a craft with my circuit, and just keep myself busy so my mind doesn’t wander to scary places.