Do you sometimes feel irritable, anxious or sad in the week before your menstrual period? For most women, these symptoms are mild and don’t interfere with life. For about five percent of women, though, more severe symptoms can make them feel miserable and affect their ability to function or negatively impact relationships. 

We understand that this can be a frustrating and stressful experience. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder is a mood problem where symptoms can change and often feel overwhelming. Some cycles may feel more intense than others. 

If you are experiencing severe mood changes around your menstrual period, a mental health specialist can help. Our experts at the Reproductive Psychiatry clinic work to evaluate, diagnose, and provide treatment options. These options may include medication, hormonal treatment, exercise, dietary supplements, and cognitive behavioral therapy. 

What to expect at your first visit

At the first visit, you will meet with one of our mental health specialists. We will take the time to talk through your symptoms and screen for any other conditions that may contribute to the problem.

You may be asked to keep a mood calendar to track your symptoms over several monthly cycles. This will help us see when these symptoms are occurring and how severe they are.

Your doctor may order lab tests to help with diagnosis. The initial visit will take about one hour.

Why you should choose Nebraska Medicine for premenstrual mood disorders

Your team of specialists will work with you to provide the most effective treatment options to meet your individual needs. 

Nebraska Medicine Reproductive Psychiatry is the premier program in the region for evaluating and treating mental health concerns related to reproductive health.

Our team includes medical doctors and counselors that work together and every team member has special training in helping women throughout their journey. If you may be suffering from a premenstrual mood disorder, please reach out to us.

We are happy to offer telehealth services so that your initial and follow-up visits may be done from the comfort of your own home if you prefer.

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