Severe premenstrual syndrome and bipolar disorder: a tragic confusion

Menopause International, 06/01/2012

Studd J – The diagnosis of PMS should come from the history relating the occurrence of cyclical mood and behaviour changes with menstruation, the improvement during pregnancy, postnatal depression and the presence of runs of many good days a month and the somatic symptoms of mastalgia, bloating and headaches. Young women with severe PMS do not respond to the antidepressants and mood–stabilizing drugs typically used for bipolar disorder.

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