Online PMDD Quiz

Do I have Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)?
Take Our Free Online PMDD Test

Thank you for pursuing better mental health! Our online PMDD quiz consists of 9 statements and should take you 5 minutes to complete.

Instructions

Please answer each statement carefully and choose one correlating statement that best describes the way you've been feeling over the last one month. This online PMDD test is a screening measure that can help you determine whether you might have PMDD that requires professional help.

Be honest for the most accurate results.

It’s important to note: These results are not a diagnosis and this quiz is not a diagnostic tool. However, you may benefit from a consultation with a licensed mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties in daily life. Mental health disorders should only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.



Too often people stop short of seeking help due to fears that their concerns are not severe enough to warrant professional help. We urge you to reach out to a licensed professional after taking our online PMDD quiz.

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255

Please choose "No" or "Yes" for each of the following questions related to how you feel in the week before your period starts, and becomes minimal or non-existent after your period:

Before I start my period, I feel a loss of interest in activities I usually enjoy
Before I start my period, I experience breast tenderness or swelling, joint or muscle pain, sensation of "bloating" or weight gain
Before I start my period, I find myself to be excessively sleepy or sleepless
Before I start my period, I feel like my symptoms significantly interfere with my work / school / usual social activities / and/or relationships with others
Before I start my period, I experience a fluctuating mood, notable feelings of sadness or hopelessness, irritability / anger, and / or high anxiety
Before I start my period, I feel more tired than usual
Before I start my period, I have a marked change in appetite, overeating, or have specific food cravings
Before I start my period, I feel overwhelmed or out of control
Before I start my period, I find it more difficult to concentrate and focus

Thank you for taking our PMDD quiz! Below is a little bit more information about PMDD as well as links to mental health professionals who can help you.

What is PMDD?

Premenstrual Dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS. PMDD is a severe and chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment from a trained medical professional.


Symptoms of PMDD

Typically, symptoms of PMDD occur about a week prior to the start of a woman's period each month, although that can start earlier or later. Below are some common symptoms of PMDD:

Moodiness

  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Crying spells
  • Forgetfulness
  • A loss of interest in activities or relationships
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Thoughts of suicide

Some physical symptoms of PMDD include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bloating
  • Back pain
  • Acne
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Lower sex drive
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • muscle spasms
  • Painful cramps
  • Painful periods



DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5, outlines that premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) must meet the following criteria:

Timing of symptoms

A) In the majority of menstrual cycles, at least 5 symptoms must be present in the final week before the onset of menses, start to improve within a few days after the onset of menses, and become minimal or absent in the week postmenses

Symptoms

B) One or more of the following symptoms must be present:

  1. Marked affective lability (e.g., mood swings, feeling suddenly sad or tearful, or increased sensitivity to rejection)
  2. Marked irritability or anger or increased interpersonal conflicts
  3. Markedly depressed mood, feelings of hopelessness, or self-deprecating thoughts
  4. Marked anxiety, tension, and/or feelings of being keyed up or on edge

C) One (or more) of the following symptoms must additionally be present to reach a total of 5 symptoms when combined with symptoms from criterion B above

  1. Decreased interest in usual activities
  2. Subjective difficulty in concentration
  3. Lethargy, easy fatigability, or marked lack of energy
  4. Marked change in appetite; overeating or specific food cravings
  5. Hypersomnia or insomnia
  6. A sense of being overwhelmed or out of control
  7. Physical symptoms such as breast tenderness or swelling; joint or muscle pain, a sensation of “bloating” or weight gain

Severity

D) The symptoms are associated with clinically significant distress or interference with work, school, usual social activities, or relationships with others.

E) Consider Other Psychiatric Disorders The disturbance is not merely an exacerbation of the symptoms of another disorder, such as major depressive disorder, panic disorder, persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) or a personality disorder (although it may co-occur with any of these disorders).

Confirmation of the disorder

F) Criterion A should be confirmed by prospective daily ratings during at least 2 symptomatic cycles (although a provisional diagnosis may be made prior to this confirmation)Exclude other Medical Explanations

G) The symptoms are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., drug abuse, medication or other treatment) or another medical condition (e.g., hyperthyroidism).



PMDD Treatment

PMDD can be treated in a few ways:

Lifestyle Changes

For some women with PMDD, lifestyle changes can make a big difference in reducing symptoms. Lifestyle changes can include:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Cutting back on sweets and snacks
  • Lowering your stress through yoga, meditation, or other method
  • Eating healthier foods that increase levels of tryptophan, a chemical in your body that makes serotonin.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is commonly used to treat PMDD. CBt helps you develop new behaviors and thought patterns to help you better navigate your specific situations. These tools can help you when your mood starts to feel sad or depressed before your period.

Medication

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are a type of antidepressant that are considered the main type of medication used for PMDD.

Getting Help with PMDD

If you need help, there is hope! Reach out to a mental health professional that treats PMDD.




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