woman sleeping in bed with white blanketBy Woman's Day Staff
Question: You're crampy, cranky and craving a hot fudge sundae. How do you stop PMS from taking over your life? Photo by: Thinkstock
The psychiatrist says...
PMS is not only a physical issue, it's also an emotional one, and many women suffer from mood swings, fatigue and irritability. One out of every 20 women has a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). For PMS, eating well, exercising and getting a good night's sleep can reduce both the physical and emotional symptoms. But most women with PMDD need more help, and taking antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft during the later half of your menstrual cycle can help tremendously. Bright light treatment (sitting in front of a box that gives off UV light, at home or in the doctor's office) and traditional psychotherapy may also ease PMDD.
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