Posted by pmddmom on June 30, 2003, at 19:52:24
In reply to Re: pmdd, posted by mel32 on June 27, 2003, at 21:53:30
Just wanted to say that I completely relate. I, too, am 32 years old. I have a son, who's 11 months old, and I have suffered from pmdd for many years. What you are experiencing is exactly what I have struggled with for 20 years now. But, like you, it became much worse with marriage and childbirth. For me, taking Sarafem, which is a low dose of prozac, has given me great relief during those 2 weeks prior to my period. I still feel a little down and little bit more touchy the week before my period. But it is mild and manageable. Before that, I would fly into rages and scream at my husband and baby. I felt such intense rage that I felt like I hated my husband 2 weeks out of the month and then spent the other 2 weeks feeling guilty for how I had treated him. I still try to get a lot of female support, take long walks, deep breathe, exercise and eat right. But none of those things helped before I started the medication. My brain chemistry was just too imbalanced during that time of the month. Now i feel much more stable and balanced. But I still feel like myself. I hate to think of what my life might have been like if i hadn't found this treatment. It can't hurt to ask your doctor about it.