Dr. Dunnewold shares what a woman should do if she is being treated for PMDD/Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder with anti-depressants and is wondering if the doctor thinks she is depressed.
I think she has to make that determination for herself to sit down, and one of the best ways to do that is to chart it over the course of the month. Start charting on day 1 which would be the day that you start to bleed of your cycle and just keep track of when you have these various symptoms, and if you have that couple of weeks free of symptoms or pretty much free, because everybody has good days and bad days of course, but if you really have a pretty good time that’s free of symptoms then you know it’s PMDD rather than depression or anxiety, and that’s a valid question that women should really try and sort out for themselves as well as with their doctors.
About Dr. Ann Dunnewold, M.A., Ph.D.:
Dr. Ann Dunnewold is a licensed psychologist practicing in Dallas, Texas. With 25 years experience helping women cope with life issues, Ann assist in addressing parental guilt and worry, creating a balance between family, self and work, postpartum depression, couples counseling and more. She received her M.A. and Ph.D in counseling Psychology from Ohio State University and is registered by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Dunnewold uses an eclectic therapy approach to focus on the here and now and changes thinking to change behaviors.