What is PMDD?

PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a more severe form of the better-known Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Whilst both PMDD and PMS express themselves in emotional and physical symptoms prior to the menstrual cycle, PMDD typically causes more extreme shifts in emotions that typically have a big impact on your life. For example, it may seriously impact your work, social life, home life and / or relationships with others.

Do I have PMDD?

You may have PMDD if you experience the below symptoms one-to-two weeks before your menstrual cycle.

Symptoms of PMDD:

• Mood swings
• Irritability /Agitation/ Anger
• Trouble sleeping /Insomnia
• Severe fatigue
• Difficulty in concentrating
• Depressed mood
• Feeling hopeless
• Feeling overwhelmed
• Anxiety
• Nervousness
• Confusion /Forgetfulness
• Poor self-image
• Paranoia
• Emotional sensitivity
• Crying spells
• Breast tenderness or swelling
• Pain in your muscles and joints
• Headaches
• Feeling bloated
• Changes in your appetite, such as overeating or having specific food cravings

Online therapy and treatment for PMDD

There are many approaches that have been found to be helpful in helping people to manage these symptoms, particularly CFT, CBT, and ACT.

At Counselling Psychology Online, our online therapists are trained in these approaches and have several years’ experience in helping people overcome specific PMDD. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to arrange an initial assessment session.

You may also wish to look at our resources page for further ideas of getting help to managing your mood around your menstrual cycle.


Please see answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about PMDD. Please email admin@counsellingpsychologyonline.com or telephone 07584 328192 for any other questions, or to find out more about treatment of PMDD today,

What is PMDD an abbreviation of?

PMDD stands for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Often referred to as a severe form of PMS, the condition sees symptoms arising in the luteal phase of the mentrual cycle and ending a few days after menstration has started.

What are the symptoms of PMDD?

PMDD can express itself differently for each individual. Common emotional symptoms include, but are not limited to: emotional or mood changes, anger, depressed state of mind, anxiety or tension, deceased interest or drive to do activities and sometimes suicidal thoughts.

How do I get assessed for PMDD?

Get in touch with Counselling Psychology Online by emailing admin@counsellingpsychologyonline.com or calling 07584 328192. We will then book you in for an assessment session where we will discuss your symptoms and talk you through how we may be able to help.  

Coping with PMDD with Counselling Psychology Online


Here at Counselling Psychology Online, we provide bespoke online therapy for those suffering with PDMM.

Contact us  for any further information, and answers to our most commonly asked questions about Counselling Psychology Online can be found on our FAQ page.