I have Asperger Syndrome (high-functioning end of Autism Spectrum), and I get REALLY irritable and sensitive when I'm PMSing! During the 1-2 weeks before my period I'm mad at my parents, my brother, and everyone including myself! I have even said REALLY nasty things about people because of PMS! Like calling my old college roommate (who came across as being a little bossy) an a** and a b**** behind her back! Or yelling at my boyfriend (who is just a very sensitive, caring person)! I have even thought about hurting myself or others because of PMS! The good news is that most people come out unscathed. I have had suicidal thoughts because I was PMSing, and someone (particularly my parents or a teacher) reminded me of what the rules were or reprimanded me for not doing what I was asked! For example, if I'm PMSing and one of my parents says, "Leanne, I asked you not to do that, So you shouldn't have done it," I will have the kind of thoughts I mentioned! I always like to do the right thing, and I really throw my heart into it! I have talked with my mom about PMS and how seriously it affects me (and she already knew, anywho), but she still doesn't seem to realize that she needs to be extra careful what she says and does during the 1-2 weeks before my period! She has suggested birth control pills, but that's about as sympathetic as she gets (but she says her main PMS symptom is increased appetite/food cravings, and that her PMS isn't too intense)!
I read that PMDD cannot be diagnosed in women with psychological disorders, but is Asperger Syndrome (high-functioning Autism) an exception?
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