There are many misconceptions about depression. This lack of knowledge can help you lose your job, friends and even family. Moreover, there exists a stigma about depression, some relating it to some sort of irreversible insanity. Situations like this may aggravate and cause more anxiety, depression and sometimes violence directed to ones self. Some medical conditions can have depression as one of their manifestations. In fact, if it occurs before the menses (a week or two) - but disappears after the onset of bleeding - then it may be PMDD or PMS.
In PMDD, you may manifest emotional liability or changes in mood. Some people may think that you are exhibiting bizarre behaviours. This, however, may appear to you like a monthly experience that disrupts your normal functioning. Understanding your condition will help you deal with it. Let us discuss about what you might possibly want to learn about PMDD.
The Truths about PMDD and Depression
PMDD is a condition wherein your monthly hormonal changes can affect your behaviour. It usually takes place a week or two before menstruation as has been mentioned. Genetics, lifestyle, and environment can be factors to its development. Saying this, it just proves that modifiable factors to this condition may be avoided such as a stressful environment as one example.
Hormonal imbalance can affect mood changes, and brain activity. This fact can explain why PMDD follows a pattern with your menstrual cycle. These hormones affect the way you think and react on things such as stress. So judging person who suffers with this condition shows a lack of understanding of PMDD and hormonal effects on the body and mood. While it can be easy to say 'blame it on the hormones' this is not mind control - you do still have choice.
The endocrine system is responsible for producing the chemicals in the body that regulate body functions. This system reacts through the body's needs and responses (e.g. stress). This explains why stress is one of the factors to this condition. Neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin can not work well because the hormones are not produced in their correct proportions. This may lead to changes in your mood and behaviour. However, symptoms may differ in every individual. You can manifest signs of clinical depression such as withdrawal from the society. You may also experience periods of depression and mania, which may be mistaken as bipolar disorder.
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