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    • kristenb58

      I began dealing with PMDD after the birth of my daughter. It started out as post-partum depression and once the pregnancy hormones changed it became a monthly battle for my life. The day before my period was the worst—I would lie on my couch crying for hours, feeling completely useless and drained. My hormones were so out of whack that I would fall into a deep hole mentally and emotionally where I felt like nothing could pull me out. I even began to have suicidal ideations every single month. Luckily over the past two years I have been able to manage the emotional side of my PMDD through therapy and medication. A symptom I still experience is intense food cravings. Nothing I eat in the days before my period is satiating. I am always snacking or thinking about eating, even if I know I don’t need it. I never feel full. This has made losing pregnancy weight pretty difficult, unfortunately. The good thing is that PMDD is treatable and mine continues to get less severe. Never let a doctor tell you it’s just PMS or that what you’re going through is normal. You know your body and you deserve to feel better! PMDD is very real and it’s not easy, but there is help.

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