Over the past year I've noticed that in the week before my period is due I get seriously depressed. I know a lot of girls suffer from this, but mine feels so much worse. I get consumed by misery, want to sleep all the time, feel hopeless and upset about everything. Usually it clears by the first day of my period but the days before that are almost unbearable.
I've suffered from seasonal depression for the last two years but even during the winter when I am depressed, these days of the month seem a million times worse than the rest (which are usually bad anyway). Is there anyway I can deal with this by myself, or is it something I should mention to the doctor?
Hi , It sounds like your PMS can become quite over bearing for you?
You could try coming up with some strategies that might help you feel better during this period, such as keeping yourself occupied with things that you enjoy so that you have something constructive to focus your mind on?
Healthy eating and exercise is known to improve our moods, so that could be another option?
Also, having someone to talk to when you start to feel depressed will most likely be helpful, as keeping negative thoughts to yourself can make things feel more overwhelming.
Whilst you can definitely try doing various things to improve your mood, I would still recommend going to see your GP, as they will be able to offer you various types of medication which could help, depending upon the symptoms you describe.
Although, even if you decide you don't want to start taking medication your GP would more than likely have met people who have experienced similar pms feelings to yourself, and so should be able to discuss a range of options with you.
There cant be any harm in going anyway?