When should I call my healthcare provider?

You should call your healthcare provider if you experience:

  • Extreme anxiety and panic attacks.
  • Feeling like you’ve lost control.
  • Severe depression or suicidal thoughts.
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others.
  • Uncontrolled anger.

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider?

If you have PMDD, you may want to ask your healthcare provider:

  • Why did I get PMDD?
  • What is the best treatment for me?
  • What are the treatment side effects?
  • Should I change my birth control?
  • What lifestyle changes can I make to manage symptoms?
  • Am I at risk for major depression or suicide?
  • What should I do if I feel seriously depressed or suicidal?
  • Should I look out for signs of complications?

A note from Cleveland Clinic

PMDD is a serious disorder that can negatively affect your life, relationships and career. Women with PMDD may harm themselves or others. If you consistently experience severe depression and anxiety or other PMDD symptoms in the weeks leading up to your period, seek help from your healthcare provider. Medications can get hormone or serotonin levels in check so that you feel more like yourself. PMDD isn’t a problem you have to live with. Don’t put off getting the medical and mental health care you need.

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