Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 6/20/2020

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is considered to be a very severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women that produces symptoms severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.

Signs and symptoms of PMDD include

Symptoms vary and can also include

  • diminished interest in usual activities,
  • economic or social dysfunction due to symptoms,
  • fatigue,
  • feeling overwhelmed,
  • food cravings,
  • headache,
  • a lack of concentration, and
  • self-critical thoughts.

Cause of premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Doctors do not understand the exact cause of PMDD or PMS, and both genetic and environmental factors may have a role in its development.

Other premenstrual dysphoric disorder symptoms and signs


Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.