Pmdd- Brief Account Of A British Sufferer

As usual the UK is way behind the USA and Canada when it comes to a mental health issue. I love the fact that I live in a country that has a National Health Service but the lack of awareness of PMDD is so frustrating.
Mine has been a bane and I've had to seriously struggle to get my voice heard at all.
Because it's "wimmin's troubles" PMS and consequently PMDD is often belittled, dismissed or ignored.
I am currently dieting in the hope that I will be granted a hysterectomy on the NHS to relieve the illness that makes my life un-liveable.
I send kind thoughts to all fellow sufferers and hope.
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4 Responses Jan 19, 2013

<p>Hi there - I have to say - I could have written your exact story with one major difference - I live in....Canada! :( It's just as frustrating here - I've been dealing with the medical system since I started both my first major depressive episode and my first period at the age of 13. They've been treated seperately for 20 years and I'm embarrassed to say that only in the last few years have I, myself, started to make the connection to my dangerous mood swings and my cycle!!! <br />
I write this to you as as someone deep in the depths of this darkness. Today is my first official PMDD sick-day from work (not proud of this - I NEVER call in sick) as I was up all night losing my mind, scaring my loved ones (who love and worry about me) and teetering on the brink of.....who knows what. Today - I got my period. <br />
I've been on google all day and aside from these support groups - the only encouraging thing I have found has been something from a doctor ba<x>sed in........the UK!!!! (yay for you?)<br />
Have you heard of this guy Dr.John Studd (yep - that's his name - if you google him make sure you include the "dr" part. LOL) There is a PMS clinic in London!!!! I personally was actually hopeful after reading some articles on his site. Maybe you already know this, I'm not sure but if not, maybe they can help??? <br />
Whatever the case - I wish you all the best. Stay strong!!!!</p>

Thank You Medical Warrior for your input; it's good to know somebody out there understands and is kind enough to share.

One other thing... hope you have had the opportunity to explore the options below before considering hysterectomy... hysterectomy's are not a guaranteed end to hormonal fluctuations and should really only be considered once sustained treatment with nutrition, exercise and herbal/hormonal supplements have been proven not to work.

Empathise with your situation, have basically just suffered over the years with some relief from exercise and diet and meditation. Am now no longer able or willing to put up with the negative and isolating impact of this condition. I live in the UK and 99% of the GP's I've seen have no treatment protocol or appear to take this seriously. I think it's cultural conditioning and ignorance, if a statistical analysis was done of absenteeism, or cost to the state in talent and money lost .... maybe someone would care.
having read around the subject for years - the best approach would seem to be keep a diary of all symptoms for at least three months, ensure you are eating a diet rich in B vitamins, calcium, zinc and magnesium - avoid caffeine, processed sugars, low nutrient foods and alcohol and don't smoke, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly. It may help to join a local support group (or start one!), it may also help to consider visiting an approved herbalist, chinese medicine seems to be up on hormonal issues. Of course one of the biggest barriers to treatment may be economic if this has affected your ability to earn a steady income and pay for regular treatment. Personally I'm going to start applying the above and not give up just yet. Good luck and best wishes in finding support and treatment.