Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome that includes severe anxiety, depression, and feelings of shame. It affects 5-10% of women, and most don’t even know they have it. On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Forrest Hanson is joined by his partner Elizabeth Ferreira to explore what PMDD is, how to self-diagnose, effective practices for managing PMDD, and how to create a happy, healthy, fulfilling relationship alongside it.

Key Topics:

 0:00: Introduction

2:00: What’s Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)?

4:45: Diagnostic criteria for PMDD. 

8:20: Challenges of awareness around “invisible” problems.

10:00: The experience of a PMDD episode. 

15:15: Practices that help PMDD.

27:05: Externalizing PMDD. 

29:45: Therapy and PMDD.

33:30: Accepting your needs. 

39:30: Dealing with shame and isolation.

44:45: Continuing to meet the challenge.

49:00: Partnering someone with PMDD. 

54:45: Recap

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