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Hormonally Generated Depression

I began menstruating at 11, started having hormonal complications at 14 with heavy bleeding & agonizing cramps that progressed into what I now know to be Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, (PMDD), a severe form of PMS that follows a predictable, cyclic pattern. Like clockwork, I began my period on or around the 26th of each month & went through HELL for at least 10, if not more, days from ovulation until shortly after my period began.
Mood symptoms predominantin PMDD:
Feelings of sadness to despair, or even thoughts of suicide
Tension or anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings
Frequent crying jags, irritability or anger that affects relationships
Lack of interest in daily activities, trouble thinking or focusing
Tiredness or low energy, food cravings or binge eating
Trouble sleeping & nightmares & feeling out of control
Physical symptoms include bloating, breast tenderness, headaches & joint or muscle pain

Along with PMDD, I had 'normal' on-set unipolar depre…