Posted by gracie99 on July 26, 2004, at 19:57:40
In reply to Re: PMDD - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, posted by Doug Anderson on November 15, 2000, at 23:55:25
A couple of doses of Ritalin over the few days prior to end of cycle was amazingly effective -- just canceled out my pre-menstrual snarling misery.
At any other time of the month, a drug like Ritalin would make me unpleasantly antsy. But at that time of the month, it seemed calming and cheering, the perfect combination.
I felt it is was a fairly safe, low toxicity treatment, given that it was just two doses/month.
It's a pity that more doctors don't know about this treatment PMDD and/or are willing to prescribe it.
(When the doctor who prescribed it for my PMDD moved away, I was never able to find another doctor who would prescribe it for that reason -- they all treated me like a drug abuser, some even became hostile and ordered me out of their offices! Fortunately my PMDD eventually got better over time, and I no longer need to treat it.)