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    Here's What's Up With Getting Depressed Around Your Period

    Because at a certain point, it's more than PMS.

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    This week’s question: Why do I get more depressed before my period?

    Being sad, moody, or irritable is a pretty typical symptom of PMS — but when it affects your ability to function, it's probably something more.

    It could be premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a disorder that causes severe depression symptoms before your period.

    But if you already have a mental illness, it's more likely that your period is just making it worse.

    Your doctor will probably have you track your moods for a few cycles to get a definitive diagnosis.

    Either way, the go-to treatment is taking antidepressants (particularly SSRIs).

    And then, there are some other things you can do to make your period with PMDD or depression less hellish.

    Birth control might help. (Though, for some, it might make things worse.)

    Taking calcium supplements might also reduce symptoms of PMS and PMDD, but there's not a ton of research on it.

    And all those things you would normally do to be good to your body, like exercising, sleeping, and eating well? Also helps here.

    Bottom line: This isn't something you should have to deal with and you have treatment options!