Does Your Cycle Make You Feel Crazy?

Does Your Cycle Make You Feel Crazy?

By Gaynel Nave, ND

Do you feel crazy during your period? Do you ever experience an emotional roller coaster before or during your period? Do you experience increased anger or difficulty sleeping? If you answered yes to any of those questions you may be one of the women who experience premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD is a more extreme form of PMS. Most if not all of us women have experienced the plague that is PMS, a whopping 80% of us. PMS aka premenstrual symptoms is a cluster of symptoms you may experience if you are of childbearing age. PMS symptoms usually begin in the luteal phase of your cycle around day 14 and finally recede within 4 days of menstruation 1,2 . These symptoms may include, but are not limited to 1,2

  •  Abdominal Bloating
  • Breast tenderness
  • Headaches/back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings such as angry outbursts
  • Weight gain
  • Swelling of your limbs
  • Avoidance of social activities

And on top of all that you may also experience painful periods, difficulty sleeping, and or lack of energy 2 . PMDD takes these pains a step further to affect the functionality of your psychological system (mind), neurological system (nerves), gastrointestinal system (digestion), respiratory system and endocrine system (hormones) 1,2 . These pains bleed into the other aspects your life and make it hard to function in various environments. In addition to the PMS symptoms mentioned above, you may also have:

  • Increased irritability or a short fuse
  • Feelings of overwhelm
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of joy in life or things that once brought you pleasure (depressed mood)
  • Low sex drive
  • Poor self-image
  • Appetite changes
  • Hot flashes
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety and or
  • Joint/muscle pain

Conventional treatments rely on antidepressants and oral contraceptives to bandage your symptoms but there is a better way. If this sounds like you or someone you know schedule your 15-minute complimentary meet and greet with me. Until then you are beautiful, you are not alone, and you are powerful!

– Gaynel Nave, ND

Gaynel Nave, ND


Read Part One of Gaynel Nave, ND’s blog here.



1. Hofmeister S, Bodden S. Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. American Family Physician. Published August 1, 2016.
Accessed April 4, 2019.

2. Ducasse D, Jaussent I, Olié E, Guillaume S, Lopez-Castroman J, Courtet P. Personality Traits of Suicidality Are Associated with Premenstrual Syndrome and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder in a Suicidal Women Sample. Plos One.
2016;11(2). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0148653


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