How is PMDD managed or treated?
Your healthcare provider may recommend one or more of these treatments to help manage PMDD:
- Antidepressants to help manage your brain’s serotonin levels.
- Dietary changes, such as cutting back on salty, fatty or sugary foods and caffeine.
- Hormonal birth control that has drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.
- Over-the-counter pain medicines to ease cramps (dysmenorrhea), headaches, breast tenderness and other physical symptoms.
- Regular exercise to improve mood.
- Stress management tools, such as deep breathing exercises and meditation.
What are the complications of PMDD?
Untreated PMDD can lead to depression and, in severe cases, suicide. The disorder can cause severe emotional distress and negatively affect relationships and careers.
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255. This national network of local crisis centers provides 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.