Signs of Severe Depression during Periods

Posted by Dr Satyakant Trivedi on March 7th, 2020

As already stated, you may experience severe depression during period due to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Keeping control of mental problems during the periods is a challenge of many women. PMDD is similar to PMS but it’s severe and sometimes disabling.

During periods, severe depression is very common plus these below symptoms also can be experienced in PMDD:

  • Tension or anxiety
  • Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of interest in relationships and daily activities
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Extreme moodiness
  • Marked anger or irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sudden tearfulness or sadness
  • Hopelessness with thoughts of suicide
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems sleeping
  • Binge eating or food cravings

Track your symptoms

Keep a track of your symptoms throughout the different stages of your menstrual cycle. It is advised that you should consult a gynecologist as well as mental health counselor if you are experiencing issues during your periods. It’s important to make sure that the depression you are experiencing is due to the periods and it is temporary.   

How can you fight depression on your period?

How much you are strong mentally, you will fight depression and mental illness at that level during the periods. You may manage depression during period by making certain lifestyle changes and taking some medicines. However, visiting a psychiatrist near you will definitely help you.

Vitamins and supplements

Some vitamins may help in relieving symptoms of depression during period. So, psychiatrist as well as gynecologists advise to take right amount of vitamins and supplement during your periods. It is proven that Calcium supplement reduces PMS-related tiredness, appetite changes, and depression. Dr. Satyakant Trivedi says, you must take foods rich in calcium including milk, cheese, yogurt, fortified cereal and orange juice and leafy green vegetables.

Lifestyle changes

According to psychiatrist inBhopal – Dr. Satyakant Trivedi, make the following lifestyle changes to relieve the symptoms of depression during period:

Exercise: It is proven that the women who perform exercise has less chances of pain and mental illness during their periods. Even going for a walk daily through the neighborhood may minimize the risk mental problems.

Sleep: Sleep for at least seven to eight hours per night helps you get energy for the whole day. Not having enough sleep may make your depression worse plus you may experience stress, anxiety and negative thoughts as well during period.

Yoga & Meditation – It is proven that performing Yoga and meditation during the menstruation cycle helps women to think positive and get rid of depression stress and mental problems.

Medicine: During your periods, medicines helps you decrease the pain and helps to cope up with mental issues. Psychiatrist near you may help you by providing medicines.

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