It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Month!
Monday, January 21, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the month! (sarcasm)
I'm one of the lucky 3.7% of women who suffers from Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). A lot of times, PMDD is described as a more severe version of PMS. As someone with PMDD, I can confidently say that comparison is like saying that heavy artillery is just a beefed up version of a slingshot.
PMDD has caused me to get very close to suicide in the past. It has made me so dysfunctional that I have lost jobs and nearly dropped out of school. It has led me to psychiatric hospitalizations. It has not been an easy condition for me to deal with.
I take medication to help manage it. But this month... the meds are not cutting it. I still have several days before my period begins, and I am struggling a lot. It's not to the point where I am having any thoughts of self harm. I am just very sad, sluggish, and emotional. I feel almost too crippled to do anything.
I'm going to talk to my doctor about med changes when he gets back from vacation. In the meantime, I am trying to find ways to manage it.
I already know some of the things that help. Exercise, healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and excess sugar. I did some research tonight, and found some additional things that might be useful... increasing protein intake and taking a few vitamins and minerals (B6, D3, and calcium.)
The roads are icy and I drive an ancient little Corolla... but I braved the elements to get some supplements!
I just took my supplements and drank a protein shake. I am headed to the gym very soon, in hopes that the exercise will help my brain release some much-needed endorphins.