PMS, and when it is PMDD?

woman suffering from PMS or PMDD

This is a question I hear all the time. Many of us have some of the typical signs of PMS before our periods, but when is it a concern? In both Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), symptoms usually start 7 to 10 days before your period starts and can continue for the first few days of your period. PMDD is a severe, sometimes disabling form of PMS.

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What is Postpartum and Perinatal Depression?

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Most of us have heard of postpartum (after delivery) depression, but mood disorders can occur at any phase of a pregnancy. Perinatal refers to the time both before and after the baby’s birth. This kind of depression is different from the more common weepy exhaustion that many new mothers feel the first few days after giving birth, when their hormones are shifting rapidly, and their sleep is interrupted by caring for the baby. 

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