Yes, PMDD is very real indeed. I suffered with it for years. At first I thought I just had pms and that I was more sensitive than most of my friends, but I did a ton of research and due to my relentless digging, I have found the antidote.
Most doctors will prescribe an anti-depressant such as zoloft for PMDD. I don't like taking any prescription medications if I can help it. They usually take away one symptom and give you 15 more. I take a natural herb with does the EXACT SAME THING as anti-depressants without all of the side effects. It is called 5-HTP.
5-HTP increased the serotonin in your brain and cures PMDD. I can say that I am 99% cured of this horrible debilitating dilemma which damn near ruined most of my life. I still get a tiny bit scatterbrained when I am premenstrual (like I can't think of a word I am trying to say) or still slightly clumsy like before, but I feel like I can be myself now for the ENTIRE month rather than the old Jeckle and Hyde I would become throughout the month. I seriously thought I had multiple personality disorder when I was younger because I was unaware that PMDD even existed. I used to absolutely DREAD the last two weeks of my menstrual cycle because I completely changed into a totally different person. I would do things and say things that I normally would not do or say, and most of the time with serious consequences that I had to live with because I had no control of my condition. I would spend the "good two weeks" that I had each month regretting the mess I got myself into during my last menstrual period. This was my life cycle for at least 20 years. I can honestly say that it doesn't even matter to me anymore when that time of the month is approaching. The only reason I even consult the calendar anymore is not out of dread, but to modify my dosage of the 5-HTP according to what time of the month it is.
I told an aquantance of mine about the 5-HTP and her PMDD cleared up too. This is definitely a miracle herb for this condition and depression alike.
1. The PMDD Phenomenon: Breakthrough Treatments for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Extreme Premenstrual Syndrome
Diana L. Dell, Carol Svec
Pub. Date: September 2002
. PMDD: A Guide to Coping
James E Huston, Lani C. Fujitsubo
Pub. Date: January 2002
You can buy 5-HTP in capsule form at any health or natural herb store. I find that the "NOW" brand in the orange bottle seems to work the best and is the cheapest. I usually take 50mg in the morning and 50mg at night during my two "normal" weeks. Then at week 3 of my menstrual cycle from day 14 to day 21 I take 100mg in the morning and 100mg at night. From day 21 to day 28 (the worst week) I take 150mg in the morning and 150mg at night. You have to see what works for you. Thank God for this cure, I don't know what I would do without it. Good luck!!!
P.S. The doctors will not tell you about this stuff because it is not a prescription and they don't make any money recommending herbs to people. If you ask a doctor they will most definitely recommend zoloft, prozac or sarafem (which is a spoofed up feminine sounding name for the drug prozac). I strongly urge you to try the 5-HTP first. It has none of the side effects of the anti depressants that doctors are prescribing and does the exact same thing which is boost the serotonin in your brain. My PMDD is cured due to this stuff and my only regret is not discovering it sooner.
P.S. You have to play with the dosage to find what works for you. I usually take 50mg in the morning and 50 at night during my two good weeks, 100 mg in the morning and 100 mg at night during the third week of my menstrual cycle and 150mg in the morning and 150mg at night during my last and worst final week of my menstrual cycle (the week I am expecting my period). This seems to work for me. If you take the same dosage all month long, you might not see its effect on you when you need it most (which is the bad pmdd week).