PMS and PMDD - Mental Health Videos with Kati Morton | Kati Morton

PMS and PMDD – Mental Health Videos with Kati Morton | Kati Morton

Hey everyone, this weeks video topic is what is the difference between PMS and PMDD. And what do we do if we have them. So stay tuned. music So like I said, this weeks video topic is what's PMS and what is PMDD and how do we know if we have one or the other, and what does that even mean, right? And I'm sorry guys, 'cos I know this is a very woman centric video topic but I promise I'll do others that are more man centric, so. The first one, PMS, is something that people use a lot and it can really frustrate us because they'll say "What are you PMSing or blablabla?" "What is that just 'cos you're about to start your period?" "What's wrong with you blabla?" And PMS is something that is actually very common. There a tonne of different statistics that I've looked up but, it it almost equates to about half of women struggle with PMS. And, this is the week before we start our period. We'll be irritable, we'll have a lot of, what they call in the therapy world, like mood lability, like our moods like noises I'm happy, I'm sad, I want to cry, I want to scream, I want to kill you, oh my god everything's so stressful! And we may be bloated, umm a lot of us will umm, feel really tired and just irritable right? And it's almost, ahh, it kind of varies from person to person, but that in a nutshell is what PMS is and as soon as we start our period, poof, it goes away right. Now, PMDD which I am in the DSM for because I want to make sure that I've got it correct, because I haven't personally dealt with this and I, um, don't have any clients that have it currently. So it's something that I had to lean about. And PMDD, for lack of more knowledge, which I'm going to walk you through the diagnosis, is just an extreme version of PMS. But it still will stop as soon as we start our period, okay, and most commonly it is still the week before we have our period when it's at its worst. Some people will have it longer and it can go almost the entire month, where they only have like a week where they're free of symptoms. But the DSM states that we must have 5 or more the following symptoms and they must be present most of the time during that week before our period. And the symptoms are: feeling sad, hopeless or self-deprecating, self-deprecating being like "I'm terrible, I can never do this right" when you're always putting yourself down. The second one, feeling tense, anxious or on edge, we've all had that, you know, where you just feel really, it's just that irritability component. Three, marked lability of mood, like I was talking about we're up and down, um, frequent tearfullness, you know, 'cos were all over the place with out emotions. Number four persistent irritability, anger and increased interpersonal conflicts. A lot of times we'll start fights with people just because we're irritable, right. Number five decreased interest in usual activities, so you might withdraw from certain social relationships, so you might just want to stay at home, watch re-runs of Sex in the City all week, we might want to watch all of our romantic comedies that we have on DVD all week. Um, six, difficulty concentrating. Seven, feeling fatigued or lethargic. Eight, marked changes in appetite, so we might eat more, we tend to binge eat 'cos we'll be craving more foods. A lot of times people will crave salts or sweets. Um, number nine, hypersomnia or insomnia so that means you either sleeping a lot like I'm sleeping like 15 hours or insomnia where ahh I went to bed at 4am and I got up at 7am and that's all I needed. Um, ten, a subjective feeling of being overwhelmed or out of control and they say subjective because what that means is that it's up to you, as a client, to express it to me as a therapist and we can together kind of decide if we feel that it is that overwhelming feeling, right. And the last one, eleven, physical symptoms such as breast tenderness or swelling, headaches and that bloating weight gain kind of thing thing that I was talking about. Now, I know that's a lot, that's eleven items and I had to read through all of these to kind of understand PMDD and, like I said you have to have five or more of the following, and it even goes as far as to say that you must have at least one of the first four, but lets not get, I feel sometimes we just get caught up in the weeds of things 'cos diagnoses can be so intense and overwhelming. To know that you have PMDD is something that you're going to have to go to a doctor for. You're going to either have to see your regular doctor, your obgyn – whoever your gynnaecologist might be, either a psychiatrist or your therapist. Those are the people you would see who would make sure you have the features of it and you're diagnosed properly. Now, once we're given a diagnosis, ok, so I thought I had PMDD but it's just PMS or I thought I just had PMS and everybody felt this way but my doctor just said I have PMDD, now what do I do. The best thing to do is medication, and I know you're thinking "Kati, I don't want to take medication, I'm holistic, I don't like that stuff". Medication can mean a lot of things. It can be anything from, I take in ibuprofen because I have really bad cramps or um, I take it because I have a lot of um, breast tenderness or I'm really bloated, right. It can anything from that to taking some medication you get from your doctor, or taking the midols of the world, all those different kinds of medications that are out there that help us with these symptoms. And there are actually medications to help with PMDD. I'm not as familiar with them, or the side effects. Always ask questions before you go on any medication from your doctor so that you know what the side effect profile is, how it can help you, stuff like that. Um, but that is usually the easiest thing for any acheyness and stuff like that we're gonna wanna make sure that we have medication to help with the symptoms that we have and the second best thing that we can do is planning. Pay attention to when your period is, mark it in your calendar, know when the week before is coming and guess what, maybe don't plan a tonne of events with people at work or people who if you're irritable and you're agitated that you can't just say you know I've been having a bad week like I told you, I'm going to have to go home, you don't have that ability. So do your best to plan around that time and also during that time make sure that you're eating properly, you're taking time for yourself, you're not over caffinating, you're not doing those things that can make us on edge and irritable in general. We need to take care of ourselves. Watch my video on yoga stretches and try to take time to self care because we all know that our hormones are driven by the food we eat and what we do with our bodies, so we need you know healthy mind, healthy body and in order to make that happen and to make our PMDD and our PMS as less intrusive as possible is to take that time for ourselves. So if you, yourself have experiences with this and you have things that help you, I know some people put hot heating pads on your tummy when you're having really bad cramps and that helps, some of you put it on your backs and that helps. There are a bunch of different things so please leave your experiences and your tips and things that can help because we'll all work together and I'm going to learn more too. Like I said I don't have a tonne of experience working with this so I had to read a lot and try to learn about what it is and what it looks like, but we can get better. And also, before I forget, make sure that you talk to your doctor and you notice for sure that this is happening before your period, not all month long because a lot of times they'll misdiagnose our depression as PMDD and we don't want to be treated for something we don't really have , right. So the more questions we ask, the more honest we are about it the better our outcome. And keep working with me as we take one step more towards a healthy mind and a healthy body. And don't forget to check out my website There are tonnes of forums, theres a free workbook and I am going to put out two new workbooks soon and you don't want to miss it and if you haven't got the first one hop on there 'cos it's free and nothings better than free, right. So you can sign up for it, it's my eating disorder workbook, I'll have others coming out and you don't want to miss, there are forums, chat rooms. You can friend one another and you can share your helpful tips and experiences. I'm also on Twitter @katimorton and I've opened up my Instagram katimorton1 'cause somebody took my name, jerk. So, anyways check me out. I'm all over Facebook, Tumblr, I'm trying to think of other places but there's tonnes of places, Google+ you can follow me and that will give you more info, more tips and tricks and you'll make sure not to miss anything okay. 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32 thoughts on “PMS and PMDD – Mental Health Videos with Kati Morton | Kati Morton”

  1. Listening to all the symptoms makes me feel I might have PMDD. But just last week when I had my test (my therapist insisted I get tested before she came to a solid diagnosis for me, but I'm pretty sure it's GAD) and my therapist told me to not over-google or over try to self-diagnose and that's making me feel skeptical about talking to her about possibly having PMDD? Anyways, this video definitely helped me feel I'm not crazy for feeling so depressed before periods.

  2. I dont have pms but Im depressed to the point I wanna kill myself before my period after period I still feel the same Im depressed but Im happy,I smile but deep inside I know im sad

  3. If u don't didn't or don't know enough about a subject, then don't talk about it until you have done enough research about it. This so called word "PMDD" that whoever came up with, some smart arse came up with, doesn't just stop when the menstrual cycle begins. It can last longer, until the end of cycle and then progesterone may pick up again. It really depends upon the woman.

  4. liquid chlorophyll helps with exhaustion before my period. I normally get insane cravings for red meat. I assume it's because my iron gets so low before my cycle and chlorophyll helps to replenish that. I always put it in a drink with a meal. It really helps me not feel fatigue

  5. Pms/Pmdd have become so bad for me I can no longer work full time, I get so fatigued and depressed I can barely function! I work outside my house part time about 25 hours a week and I sell on eBay for extra income! It really sucks, I feel I have so much I want to do but half the month it’s like I’m crippled/disabled!

  6. I think, for some men it's important to.Like me. I'm trans I have disphoria and pmdd, don't get me wrong I totally understand that this is terrible for everyone

  7. I know this is an older video but is there any info on how BD and PMDD differ and if there’s a possibility of comorbidity with the two? I think I might have been misdiagnosed and I’m looking for more info on this!

  8. I know this is an older video but is there any info on how BD and PMDD differ and if there’s a possibility of comorbidity with the two? I think I might have been misdiagnosed and I’m looking for more info on this!

  9. I have to take birth control all 4 weeks of the months, no placebos. I no longer get my period. I can’t handle having a period. I get very severe PMDD. This birth control saved me. I don’t know what i would do without it.

  10. DSM is not written from experience.its written by Male doctors who have No clue.Real Pmdd Never really lets up.

  11. Kati, thank you so much for this video! I really think I should show all the doctors I've seen this. I've seem to have tried it all all medications and vitamins. Nothing seems to work. All the doctors I've seen just don't seem to care or don't really take the time to listen to me and just slap some medication on me which I guess to be fair that's all they can really do. I've even had one male gyno tell me he does not believe in PMDD so he was not even any help. One of them tried to put me on birth control and that did not work. My mood swings then became horrible 24/7! I got off of those right away. Maybe they were just the wrong kind I don't know but I will never ever go back to birth control. I'm not sexually active so that's not something I really need, UNLESS there is a kind out there that will help with PMDD. Right now I'm on Prozac 40 milligrams and it does nothing which frustrates me because when I first started to take them omg I loved it. I had so much energy, I was happy, did not even know it was that time of the month because there were no symptoms then after a couple of months the medicine stopped working! I went back to the way I was before. That was on 20 milligrams so they put it up to 40 and I've been on that for months now and again, nothing. I'm also on mood stabilizers and those might help just a bit, but yes I have it all. I do sleep 15 hours a day, I do get very angry, I cry very easily, my breasts hurt so bad, and I do feel very hopeless. I also seem to self harm myself during this time and it's only during that time! I will keep trying. I am seeing a new doctor again. Hopefully this one will have some new ideas.

  12. I feel like sometimes you really miss the mark with these because you want to make it very safe? But there are a few main treatment options one of them being Prozac one of them being birth control and the other being a hysterectomy. This is an something you can just take ibuprofen for? I’m just really confused by the lack of explanation but I just want to share that I have this disorder and I was Miss diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder all because of PMDD

  13. Oh dear, PMDD sounds a lot like me, I have all those symptoms; my friends always tell me they get PMS and they feel better in a few days, which is not my case. I started fearing my cycles because I know I'll turn into a total psycho, I start begging my BF to ignore me during those days because we always end up fighting, I try to avoid friends, family and the whole world, I feel awkward even walking down the street, social anxiety gets so bad for me. Thank you so much for this video, at least now I have a clue of where to start looking for treatment

  14. I was diagnosed with PMDD at 16 yrs old. I saw my obgyn yesterday to ask for anxiety medication to take around my PMDD time. She made me feel like I was weak and not practicing self control. It was VERY frustrating and made my anxiety worse. I don't want to have to take medicine and I'm working on using tools to cope too. I was really let down by my Dr. She said I was just having a negative outlook on my period and I should be embracing it. 🤦

  15. I know you said it goes away the day you start but I started today and thats when I started getting symptoms. Is this normal?

  16. I have all these symptoms Kati! I’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and sad and just want to cry. I had all eleven symptoms! I’m literally crying watching this. Thank you Kati! ❤️😍🥰

  17. Diagnosed with PMDD in my 20’s, it’s just awful to the point I can’t wait to go through menopause or have a hysterectomy. Thank you for talking about this “normalises” things. I tick of all 11. I medicate and couldn’t do it without it.

  18. trigger warning
    I know something is wrong with me especially when my period is about to start. My mind would run like wildfire and I would extremely feel terrible with my self then would think of life negatively. There are even more times that I would shut myself off from the world and the worst case that ever happened to me was I self-harmed. I tried telling this to my mother she kind of acknowledge it but somewhat doesn't get me at all. I badly wanted to have myself check because I don't ever want to have that same scenario all again. It's too toxic to the point that you would think of ending yourself. And so may I add, spiritual advices at those times didn't help me at all. 🙁

  19. I don’t have my period yet.. And I’m 11 years old. and I am dealing with ALL the PMDD symptoms!! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! :C

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